Bone Densitometry

Bone density testing, or bone mass measurement, is a medical procedure used to determine bone density or strength. These tests can identify osteoporosis or osteopenia and the risk of future bone fractures.

What do we need to know at the time of booking and before the examination?

Please inform booking staff or the radiographer of any recent imaging appointments involving barium, the injection of contrast material for a CT scan or a radioisotope injection.

At the time of booking your appointment you may be asked further questions about your healthcare status. This is due to Medicare having strict guidelines for performing bone densitometry examinations. In some cases this may result in a cost to you, however, we will inform you of this before you have your examination. Please also inform the staff when booking if you have had a this test performed previously within the last 2 years.


No specific preparation is necessary for this test. Loose comfortable clothing is suggested, avoiding zippers, buckles and metal buttons if possible. We suggest not taking calcium tablets 24 hours prior to the Bone Densitometry examination.

Please bring any previous films with you for comparison.

What to expect:

A Bone Mineral Densitometry examination is a comfortable, easy test that does not require an injection. You change into a gown. You will be asked to lie on your back in two different positions to allow measurement of the lower spine and one of the hips. Occasionally, other areas of the body like the elbow may be imaged. The technique uses a very small amount of radiation, so please inform staff if there is any possibility of pregnancy. A radiographer will remain in the room for the entire examination.

Examination time:

About 20-30 minutes.

Your images and report:

It is important that you make an appointment to return to your doctor after your visit with us. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to correlate your results with other information for further management.

Depending on your referrer’s preference(s), a copy of the report and images will be sent directly to your referring doctor.

Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.