Bone Mineral Densitometry

Bone Mineral Densitometry

North Queensland X-Ray Services offers Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) scans.

What is a Bone Mineral Density scan?

Also known as Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) a BMD scan is a non invasive imaging test which uses differing levels of X-ray energies to determine the density of bones. BMD is used in the diagnosis and monitoring of osteopenia and osteoporosis. BMD scans can also provide a fracture risk percentage to patients with osteoporosis.

We also offer Body Composition scans for a low private fee of $49.00

A Body Composition Scan uses a BMD scanner to accurately measure lean muscle, fat and bone mass for the whole body. Body Composition Scans are suitable for those people wanting to lose weight and/or monitor their fitness development. Serial body composition measurements allows trained personnel (coaches, trainers, exercise physiologists)  to monitor and change programmes to suit the individual to help reach a particular goal.

How long does it take?

Please allow up to 30 minutes for your appointment.

Is there any special preparation?

You may be required to change into a gown and remove any metallic items that may interfere with a BMD scan. Also, if you have recently had a barium examination, contrast injection or radioisotope scan please inform your technologist as you may have to wait 10 to 14 days before having a BMD.

What to bring to your appointment

When attending for your appointment, you will need to bring the following items with you:

  • your Medicare Card
  • your doctor’s referral form
  • any previous BMD scans

For more information

For more detailed information regarding this procedure, please click on this link.

While this information is designed to be as informative as possible, it is very brief in nature and should not replace the advice or guidance of your doctor or preferred healthcare professional.