What is it?
A bone densitometry test is used to determine the level of calcium and other bone minerals that are packed into a segment of bone. Most often, images are taken of the spine, hip and forearm. The higher the bone mineral content, the denser your bones are. This test is also called DEXA or DXA scan, and is a form of X-ray.
What to tell us?
- If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.
- If you have had a recent barium swallow procedure.
- If you have had a procedure recently, involving administration of contrast (CT or Nuclear Medicine scan).
How to prepare?
Please refrain from taking calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows time for the completion of paperwork.
Please wear comfortable clothing that has no metal zippers, belts or buckles in the pelvic area and remove all jewellery prior to your examination.
Please bring any previous relevant imaging with you, as our Radiologist may require previous imaging for comparison.
How long does it take?
A standard Bone Mineral Densitometry test takes 20 – 30 minutes.
We bulk bill bone mineral densitometry scans, provided you hold a current Medicare card and meet the Medicare criteria for this scan. Should you not meet the Medicare criteria there will be a $100 out-of-pocket expense.
We will forward the result of your procedure electronically to your doctor. The results will be available after 24 hours. Urgent reports are available after 4 hours.