Bone Mineral Densitometry

QCT BMD measures bone loss in the lower spine and hips and is generally used to diagnose osteoporosis or assess an individual’s risk for sustaining fractures.

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BMD Patient Information

Your doctor has requested a BMD. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is a BMD?
BMD stands for Bone Mineral Density. This technique uses CT technology to create cross-sectional images of the lumbar spine and hips to be analysed by a computer program to determine the density of the patient’s bones.
What happens when someone has a BMD?

The machine is often described as looking like a “donut” with a bed sliding through a circular hole.

You will be asked to lie down on a white hard board called a calibration phantom which helps collect the data for the examination. The bed will move during the scan.

The X-rays are emitted from the CT machine and pass through the lumbar spine and hips to create images of this area of anatomy.

Are there any special instructions to be followed before a BMD scan?
There is no special preparation to be followed.
How long does a BMD take?
The scan usually takes only 5 minutes to perform. Patients are then asked to wait for the radiographer to receive their results which can take another 10 to 15 minutes. You will then be advised to take these results with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

This examination uses X-rays therefore you will need to inform the radiographer before performing the exam if you are pregnant or if there is any possibility you are pregnant.

Book your appointment at a location near you.

Leeton

79A Kurrajong Avenue Leeton, NSW, 2705
Phone: (02) 6953 4644
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Narellan

30 Queen Street Narellan, NSW, 2567
Phone: (02) 4648 4415
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Griffith

119-121 Yambil Street Griffith, NSW, 2680
Phone: (02) 6962 3335
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leppington

5 Emerald Hills Boulevard Leppington, NSW, 2179
Phone: (02) 8073 7834
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leeton

79A Kurrajong Avenue Leeton, NSW, 2705
Phone: (02) 6953 4644
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Narellan

30 Queen Street Narellan, NSW, 2567
Phone: (02) 4648 4415
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Griffith

119-121 Yambil Street Griffith, NSW, 2680
Phone: (02) 6962 3335
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leppington

5 Emerald Hills Boulevard Leppington, NSW, 2179
Phone: (02) 8073 7834
Email: info@xrad.com.au

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