What Is A BMD Scan?

This procedure is an examination that uses low dose x-rays to scan the lower spine and one of the hips, to assess for possible osteoporosis or reduced bone density.

Patients lie on their back on a padded table for the duration of the procedure. A narrow “arm” passes over patients during the procedure.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, appointments are essential.

What Should I Expect When I Arrive For My Appointment?

Patients will be asked to change into a gown to avoid clothing creating confusing shadows on the image. Cotton underpants without metal (eg zips, buttons) should be worn for the examination.

No breath hold is required. However, it is important to remain as still as possible for the examination (this takes a matter of seconds).

Following the scan, the information obtained is processed by computer and reported by the radiologist.

Is there any special preparation?

No specific preparation is necessary for this test. The test should not be performed within a period of 72 hours following a nuclear bone scan or within one week following a barium study (barium meal, small bowel barium follow-through or barium enema).

How long does it take?

The scan takes only a few minutes, but the examination can take up to 15 minutes to complete as we ask some questions about medical history.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the scan may be claimed from Medicare under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, these criteria are very strict, and some patients are not eligible to claim a Medicare rebate and are therefore required to pay a fee at the time of consultation – this will be discussed at the time of booking.

What to bring:

• Referral from your doctor.
• Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in our practice, these can be electronically retrieved, and you do not need to bring them with you.
• Method of payment including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.