Bone density screening for staff

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Oxford staff are being offered a discounted bone density screening for £35 with Bone Matters.

Appointments can be booked at Iffley Road Sports Centre on Monday 12 June in the afternoon and Tuesday 13 June in the morning. Payment can be made at the end of the appointment by either cash or cheque.

During the appointment, your bone density and fracture risk will be assessed using a machine called a Quantitative Ultrasound Scanner (QUS). The test measures the bone density in your heel using ultrasound waves. It is very useful in assessing your risk of fracturing your legs, arms, hips and wrists – which are common fracture sites for osteoporosis sufferers.


To book an appointment, email Tracey from Bone Matters ( 


The complete appointment will take approximately 15 minutes. After the test is complete, your results will be printed off and explained to you. There will also be time for you to ask questions. Please contact Tracey from your University email address.

More information about the QUS test 

The test measures the bone density in your heel. You place your foot in a machine that grips your heel and ultrasound waves pass through it. Each heel stays in the machine for about two minutes. The machine is safe, painless, and has no side effects. 

Although the test itself is not diagnostic, individuals with low scores are given a copy of their results to give to their GP. The test serves as a useful indicator to help the GP decide if further investigation is needed.