Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

What is bone mineral densitometry?

Bone mineral densitometry (BMD) is a scan which uses low energy x-rays to measure the density of your bone. It is used to diagnose osteoporosis and assess your fracture risk. BMD is also used to monitor your bone density, especially if you are on treatment for osteoporosis. The usual regions scanned are your lower spine and hips.

How should I prepare for a bone mineral densitometry scan?

There is no special preparation required for a BMD scan.

Where possible, please wear clothing with no metallic objects such as zips or metal buttons which can affect the scan.

Please bring along any previous bone densitometry results that you have so we can assess for any changes in your bone density. Please do not schedule your BMD scan within one week of having had a barium meal or enema, an IVP, a nuclear medicine study or a CT scan.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you upon arrival and take your referral form. A radiographer will collect you from reception and ask you to change into a gown, if necessary.

A bone mineral densitometry scan is a painless, easy examination. You will be positioned on the DEXA scanning table and required to lie still for 5-7 minutes whilst a scanning arm will pass above you. The radiographer is in the room with you at all times.

The total duration for a bone mineral densitometry appointment is about 30 minutes as our staff need to obtain some medical history from you before the scan and you may need to change into a gown.


Following the examination, the radiographer will analyse the results on the computer and give them to a radiologist for reporting. A copy of your report will be sent to your GP or specialist.


Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for payment on the day. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, we can lodge Medicare claims electronically so as your Medicare rebate is direct deposited into your bank account.

Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons Medical Centre
Epworth Richmond
Epworth Geelong

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