Queensland Diagnostic Imaging

Bone Mineral Densitometry

What is Bone Mineral Densitometry?

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is an imaging technique that uses low-energy X-rays to specifically measure the density of bone. It provides information about bone strength or fragility and the risk of fractures or broken bones. This helps in planning preventative therapy or medical treatment.

What can I expect during BMD?

You may be required to remove items like jewellery, coins, keys, belts and/or change into a patient gown. 

At the start of the examination, a radiographer will ask you some general health questions and measure your height and weight. You’ll be asked to lie comfortably on your back on the scanner table. You may be asked to place a cushioned box or frame under your knees or feet to achieve the correct body position. In most cases, the radiographer will remain in the room with you for the duration of the scan.

It’s important to stay still when the technician asks you to, as this helps ensure the images are clear. You’ll hear a humming noise as the scanner moves above you. 

When the examination is complete, you may be asked to wait until the radiographer checks the images in case additional scanning is required. 

How long does it take?

BMD takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

How should I prepare?

Most of the time, a BMD doesn’t need any specific preparation. When you book your appointment, we’ll discuss any preparation needed for your particular procedure. 

You should let us know when you make the appointment: 

  • if you’re pregnant or may be pregnant.
  • if you’ve recently been injected with a contrast material or had a nuclear medicine exam.
  • if you’ve had hip or spinal surgery, particularly with metal implants.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.

What will I experience during the procedure?

BMD is a simple, non-invasive procedure. While the scan causes no pain, you may feel some discomfort from remaining still and in a particular position for a short time.

What will it cost?

A Medicare rebate may apply for these examinations. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment

When will I get the results?

We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 – 48 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.

What are the risks of BMD?

Bone Mineral Density scans emit a small amount of X-ray radiation to create images of the body. The level of radiation exposure is considered safe for most adults.

Appointment Preparation
  • Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
  • Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.

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Where can I have an BMD?

QDI performs BMD at a number of clinics:

Wave Radiology Ballina Ballina, QLD
QDI North West Hospital Everton Park, QLD
QDI Mt Ommaney Mt Ommaney, QLD
QDI Indooroopilly Indooroopilly, QLD
QDI Beenleigh Beenleigh, QLD
Scan Radiology - Nundah Nundah
Scan Radiology - Sandgate Sandgate
QDI Peninsula Kippa Ring
QDI North Lakes North Lakes
QDI Bribie Island Bongaree
QDI Caboolture Caboolture
QDI Caloundra Caloundra
Kawana Medical Imaging Birtinya, Sunshine Coast
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