Bone Mineral Density

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) uses a narrow X-ray beam to assess the amount of calcium that is in your bones. It also used to measure changes in bone density over time. The X-ray dose is extremely low.

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.

Approximately 20 minutes.