Bone Mineral Densitometry

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) uses a narrow X-Ray beam to assess the amount of calcium that is in your bones. It is primarily used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess the response to treatment for osteoporosis.

There is no specific preparation required. Medications can be taken as normal. You may be asked to change into a gown or to remove jewellery.

During the examination, you will be resting comfortably on your back. An X-ray generator will be below you and a narrow detector arm will pass above your body. This usually focuses on the spine and hip regions. The examination is painless. You may hear the machine make a slight buzzing noise as the X-rays are taken. It is important you keep as still as possible during the examination.

Our Radiologist will review the images and issue a report. Once completed, the report will be sent electronically to your referring health professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Your original request form
  • Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
  • Previous relevant imaging & blood test results

This examination has no associated side effects. You will receive a minimal dose of radiation.

Approximately 20 minutes.