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What is a Bone Density scan?
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.
There are a number of Medicare rules around booking this type of examinations, we will ask you these questions prior to booking your appointment.
At the time of booking your scan, 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 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.
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 within 24 hours. You will also be given a copy of your images on film or CD for your own records.
In urgent circumstances, our specialist will speak with your doctor directly by telephone the same day of your examination. Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.
We are here for you
We understand that medical procedures can sometimes be overwhelming, but please feel free to call our friendly staff to discuss any of your questions or concerns ahead of your appointment.
Please note that although we are happy to answer questions, you will need to discuss the results of your procedure directly with your referrer.