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 launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.

A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.

The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit

The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit

‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at

The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at