Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is a measurement of bone mineral density, usually for diagnosing osteoporosis.

We offer BMD at our Lane Cove premises, North Shore Radiology, Lane Cove.

A BMD scan is also called a DEXA scan (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry). It is a low-dose X-ray test that measures bone mineral content and provides information as to whether you have lost any bone (osteopenia/osteoporosis). Osteoporosis is a major cause of fractures.

No preparation is required for a BMD scan. You do not need to fast, and you may take your medications as usual.

It is helpful to wear clothing without buttons, metal buckles or zippers as metal objects interfere with the accuracy of the results. A gown will be provided if clothing needs to be removed.

Please remember to bring your referral letter from your referring doctor, plus any previous BMD scans or other related scans.

Each scan takes between one and two minutes.

The entire appointment time is between 15 and 20 minutes, which allows for completing the questionnaire and changing for the examination.

You will be asked to remove any clothing with buttons, buckles, or zippers and change into a gown. Your height and weight will be measured, and then you will be asked to lie on your back on the bed. A cushioned box will be placed under your knees to scan your lower spine. A triangular frame will be placed between your feet to scan your hips.



The scans will be printed and given to you after the examination. Our radiologist will prepare a report, which will be faxed or emailed to your doctor after one day.

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