Bone Mineral Densitometry

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 if you meet one of the following item numbers:

Item 12306 (every 2yrs)
– Fracture following minimal trauma
– Monitoring of previously proven low BMD

Item 12312 (once a year)
– Prolonged steroid therapy
– Female hypogonadism (amenorrhea for >6 months <45yrs age)
– Male hypogonadism

Item 12315 (every 2yrs)
– Primary hyperparathyroidism
– Hyperthyroidism
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Chronic liver/kidney disease
– Proven malabsorptive disorders

Item 12320 (every 5yrs)
– Age 70+, no prior scans

Item 12321 (once a year)
– Significant treatment change for low BMD

Item 12322 (every 2yrs)
– Age 70+, follow up scans

To download our consent form please follow this link Bone Density consent
For more information on osteoporosis please visit – http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/