Bone Mineral Densitometry

A Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) scan is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density. It provides information about bone strength or fragility and the risk of fractures or broken bones. The higher the density, generally, the lower the risk of fracture.

  • WHAT IS BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY

    A Bone Mineral Densitometry (BDM) scan is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density. It provides information about bone strength or fragility and the risk of fractures or broken bones. The higher the density, generally, the lower the risk of fracture.

  • BEFORE A BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY SCAN

    If you are pregnant (or have reason to believe you may be) please inform your doctor and our staff at that time of booking. No specific preparation is required for a BMD scan. Please be sure to have a current referral from your doctor, and bring any relevant films or reports to assist our radiologists in making the most accurate diagnosis. Please bring your Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card with you to your appointment.

  • DURING A BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY SCAN

    Upon arrival, your height and weight will be measured. This allows the computer to generate information about your bone density. You will be asked to lie on the examination table. BMD is a quick, non-invasive and painless procedure and no discomfort should be experienced. As any condition affecting bone density tends to affect the whole skeleton, a snapshot of a few sites is sufficient to establish the overall bone density. The BMD at the hip and spine has been shown to be the best way of predicting the risk of fracture.

  • AFTER A BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY SCAN

    There are no after effects of a BMD scan. One of our radiologists will interpret the scan and provide your referring doctor with a comprehensive report about the findings. The results of your scan will be sent directly to your referring doctor, and it is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.

  • PATIENT SAFETY

    A BMD scan does involve a very small dose of radiation, which makes this test unsuitable for women who are, or might be pregnant. The benefits of a BMD scan out outweigh the potential risks involved.

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