Bone Mineral Densitometry is a simple test that measures the mineral content of your bones. There is an association between poor bone density and an increased probability of fracture so monitoring bone health and taking appropriate precautions early is essential. As a decrease in bone density cannot be seen or felt until the advanced stages of osteoporosis this straightforward screening tool is the gold standard in assessing bone density.
Our DEXA scan is painless and non-invasive and uses extremely low radiation levels to obtain the required information. There is no preparation for the scan although we ask that you let us know if you have had any other imaging (such as a CT scan or barium meal) the week prior to the scan. The entire process will take 15 minutes and involves you lying flat on the scanning table. You can remain fully clothed during the scan but we ask that you remove any jewellery and any items in pockets.
The report will indicate whether your bones are in the range of normal or are at risk of developing osteoporosis and will assist in determining if any follow up is required.
A referral from your practitioner is required and Medicare rebates are available in the following cases
- If you are 70 years of age and over
- Have a previous diagnosis of osteoarthritis
- Have had a previous fracture resulting from minimal trauma
- Are on corticosteroids
- Have undergone early menopause
- Males with low testosterone levels
- Any malabsorption conditions (coeliac disease, overactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, liver or kidney disease)
To download our consent form please follow this link Bone Density consent
For more information on osteoporosis please visit – http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/