Newson Health installs state of the art equipment to help women assess bone health

Published: 3rd December 2019

The team at Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre are very excited about their new arrival - a state of the art DEXA scanning machine!

The DEXA (short for Duel Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanner offers a safe, accurate, painless and non-invasive way of measuring bone density, giving a good indication as to whether a person is at risk of, or has already developed, osteoporosis. The person being scanned can be fully clothed (although zips, buttons and metal clasps need to be avoided).

Hormonal changes during the menopause results in less estrogen in the body (the hormone that helps protect bone cells) meaning bone breakdown occurs at a faster rate than bone can repair itself. On average, women in their 40's have lower bone density than men and continue to lose it at a faster rate. The fact that women tend to live longer than men means that osteoporosis is a disease that affects women more often.

"Any woman who is perimenopausal or menopausal would benefit from a DEXA scan" says Practice Manager, Sarah Baker. "We have two types of scan, depending on a woman's age and family history, and the whole process, from arriving at the clinic to leaving, takes less than an hour."

Read the booklet on Bone health and DEXA scanning here.

Read about professor David Reid, our DEXA scan expert here.

For more information about DEXA scanning or any of our services, please call 01789 595004 or email

Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.

Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.