A bone mineral density scan (BMD), also known as a DEXA scan, uses advanced technology to determine your bone health. The scan is usually done on the lower back and one of the hips. Sometimes the forearm is included in the examination. These types of bone scans aid in the detection of osteoporosis, which is a condition where bones become fragile and brittle. This can lead to a higher risk of fractures or breaks. The risk of osteoporosis increases with age. In fact, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture (www.osteoporosis. org.au). However, osteoporosis can be both preventable and treatable, particularly when bone loss is detected at the earliest possible stage.
Bone Densitometry is an important scan, as the sooner you find out if you have a low bone density or osteoporosis the better. It is good to know as early as possible to manage your bone health. Finding out this information means you and your doctor can take action to keep your bones strong, slow bone loss and reduce the risk of breaks. A referral for Bone Densitometry imaging is required from your GP.
You will need to book in for Bone Mineral Density examination with a referral from your doctor. Our Hologic system can compare previous bone density results from different equipment, so please bring any previous scans to your appointment. We recommend you do not have a bone densitometry scan within 7 days of having another medical imaging examination that requires an injection of contrast.
A BMD examination is painless, performed in a comfortable setting with no injections and a very low radiation dose. You will be asked to change into an examination gown to prevent metal and other artefacts interfering with the image.
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete, although real scanning time is only 2-3 minutes.
Your results will be sent to your referring doctor.
Most Medicare eligible examinations are bulk billed. Fees may apply for some procedures. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking.