Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)
Bone Mineral Densitometry is a non-invasive X-Ray scan, assessing bone mineral density and body mass composition, used to screen for osteoporosis.
Common use of BMD:
BMD is often used to diagnose osteoporosis. This is a common bone disease which makes bone fragile and easy to fracture. Some common causes of osteoporosis include:
– Lack of physical activity
– Low calcium intake in the diet
– An alcoholic or/and smoker
Preparation for BMD:
Inform the radiographer if there is any metal in your body, such as spinal fusion rods or a hip prosthesis.
It cannot be scheduled within 4 days following any contrast scans such as barium studies, IVU, CT scan or radio-isotope nuclear medicine scans.
No special preparations or appointment booking is required for BMD scan.