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What To Expect During A Scan

There is no need to wear any special clothing; loose trousers and a top are fine.


You won't need to completely undress, you simply expose two areas of your body (hip and tummy) when required.


The scan procedure is simple and painless. ​


You are asked to lie on a couch fully dressed.


The first scan is of your hip so you will need to roll your trousers down to just above your knees. Some ultrasound gel is applied and you will feel a bit of pressure when the scan is in progress. This takes less than a minute.


The second scan is done on your spine through your navel area, so you will be asked to roll up your top for this. This scan is completed in under two minutes again with a little bit of gel and downward pressure.


The results are available immediately and are visible on the screen. The bone health specialist (Mr Nick Birch)  then sit down with you to go through them with you. He will explain what they mean for you now, and in the future. He will also offer advice and guidance as to how to improve your bone health (if necessary)

Your results are then emailed to you so you have them for future reference.


The whole appointment takes no more than 40-45 minutes.

Bone mineral density vs bone fragility

For an in depth explanation of the difference between bone mineral density (BMD) and bone fragility, click the

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Your Results

Ensuring quality

Nick has 27 years’ experience as a consultant spinal and bone health consultant and has annual GMC mandated appraisals that ensure he maintains his knowledge and skills at levels that are needed to fulfil his clinical role. His bone health knowledge has been accumulated from the time he was training in London in the 1990s and he has published and lectured on bone biology extensively since then. REMS training is formally conducted in Lecce, Italy at the home of Echolight. This consists of a three-day practical and classroom program. The practical component is held in the rheumatology hospital in Lecce where hands-on training with patients who are being actively treated means REMS scans can be carried out under supervision of a trainer. During the classroom sessions the unique core technology of REMS is taught along with the key features that REMS and DEXA share. At the end of the course an exam is taken and only after completion of the full course and success in the exam can the practitioner be certified. Nick achieved certification in July 2018 having performed 19 REMS scan and after passing the exam with no wrong answers. On return to the UK, he set up the OsteoscanUK REMS service and for the first six weeks offered free scans to any patients, staff, colleagues or friends who wished to avail themselves so that he could rapidly climb what he recognised would be the continuing learning curve. By mid-September 2018, after completing a further 123 REMS scans analysis of test / retest data indicated that he had achieved competence in carrying out REMS bone densitometry following which OsteoscanUK was launched as a commercial service. Ongoing quality assessment within OsteoscanUK takes two forms. The equipment is formally calibrated every six months using the specific Echolight calibration phantom and software. REMS scanning quality maintenance is ensured by ongoing audit of all scans to assess their compliance with the ISCD quality criteria for bone densitometry.

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