Bone Mineral Densitometry or BMD is a medical procedure used to measure the density of bones. It is primarily used to diagnose and assess conditions such as osteoporosis, a condition characterised by the weakening of bones and increased risk of fractures.
You will be asked to remove any metal object, including jewellery and watches from your body but there is no pre procedural preparation.
The scan takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
You will lie down on a padded table, typically on your back.
The DEXA machine has an arm that contains the X-ray source and detector. This arm will pass over your body during the scan.
A cushioned box will be placed under your knees to scan your lower spine and 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, usually within 1 business day.
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