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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
    – Post-menopausal
    – An alcoholic or/and smoker

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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.