Bone Densitometry

A bone mineral density scan (BMD), also known as a DEXA scan, uses advanced technology to determine your bone health. The scan is usually done on the lower back and one of the hips although sometimes the forearm is included in the examination. These types of bone scans aid in the detection of osteoporosis, which is a condition where bones become fragile and brittle. This can lead to a higher risk of fractures or breaks. The risk of osteoporosis increases with age. In fact, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture ( However, osteoporosis can be both preventable and treatable, particularly when bone loss is detected at the earliest possible stage.

There is no preparation needed and there are no after effects. Depending on the body part being examined, you may be required to wear a provided gown. We also request removal of jewellery and body piercing items which may be in the field of view. This makes interpretation of the images more accurate.

Our friendly radiography team will clearly explain what you have to do during the appointment. You may be asked to hold your breath for the x-ray or stay in a certain position, but you will be guided through the process. 

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Prior to your scan and to ensure optimal imaging, you may be asked to change into a gown. A change cubicle will be provided to ensure your privacy and you will be asked to bring your belongings will you, carry baskets are provided. You will be asked to place your belongings in a suitable location within the room for the duration of your scan. After your scan, you will be provided with a change cubicle to ensure your privacy. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you prior to leaving the department. If you accidentally leave anything behind, please contact our staff to advise, and we will endeavour to locate your belongings and return them to you.

The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete, although real scanning time is only 2-3 minutes.

Your images and report are provided through a secure online system to your doctor or healthcare provider. We will also provide you with a printed copy to bring to your next appointment.

Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking. If your exam is Medicare eligible, you will be bulk billed.