Bone Mineral Densitometry / DEXA Imaging

What is DEXA Imaging?

Bone Mineral Densitometry or DEXA Imaging uses very low energy x-rays to assess the density of bones within the body. BMD imaging acquires density reading for up to 3 large bones in your body to confirm their density.

Why Do I need BMD / DEXA Imaging?

BMD / DEXA Imaging is most commonly performed to diagnose osteoporosis and assesses fracture risk due to weakened bone. BMD / DEXA Imaging is often used as a screening test to determine changes in bone density over time. It can also be used to assess the effectiveness of treatments for osteoporosis.

Booking Your Appointment and Preparation

As a screening test, it is preferred that you make an appointment to ensure we can complete your imaging in the required timeframe.

BMD / DEXA Imaginng requires no special preparation.

What To Expect On The Day

Before your BMD / DEXA examination, you may be asked to change into a gown to prevent specific clothing giving a false reading on your scan. The Radiographer completing the scan will acquire some medical history including your current height and weight.

During the examination, you will be asked to lie down on a large table on which the imaging will be obtained.

A BMD / DEXA Scan will typically take no more than 30 minutes.

For more information contact your nearest UCMI clinic.