Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is a simple, non-invasive and painless procedure that uses very small amounts of x-ray to detect weakened bone density, or osteoporosis. BMD scanning is important because osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women after menopause and 1 in 8 men, and bone loss occurs without symptoms. At least 80% of fractures in people over 60 are related to osteoporosis.
During the BMD scan, you will be asked to lie on your back on a specialized BMD measuring table. Two areas of the body are generally measured: the lower back and the hip. A technologist will ensure that you are positioned correctly and comfortably as the machine gradually performs the scan. The whole procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes.
For a bone mineral densitometry scan you may be asked to avoid vitamin D and calcium for 2 days before your scan. The clinic should also be informed of any nuclear scans or barium tests you have had in the last two weeks.
You should wear comfortable clothes with no zippers, snaps, buttons or any metal around the abdomen or pelvic areas, and you may be asked to change into a gown.
You’ll need to tell the doctor or technologist if you may be pregnant.
If you have any concerns or questions, our specialists will be happy to answer them.
Cost: covered by RAMQ
Our team of leading radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures, ensuring that your tests are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
You’ll benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to your referring physician.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For an appointment please call us at (514) 485-5115, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*All imaging exams require a physician's referral.