Montreal Bone Density
*Bone density exam costs are covered by RAMQ (Medicare)
Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is a simple, non-invasive and painless procedure that uses very small amounts of X-rays 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.
The QEHC’s team of leading radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures, ensuring that examinations are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
Patients benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to their referring physician.
What to expect
During the BMD scan, the patient will be asked to lie on their 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. This also includes an X-ray of the patient’s back.
How to prepare
Patients may be asked to avoid vitamin D and calcium for 2 days before a bone mineral densitometry scan. The clinic should also be informed of any nuclear scans or barium tests that the patient has had in the last two weeks.
Wear comfortable clothes with no zippers, snaps, buttons or any metal around the abdomen or pelvic areas; patients may be asked to change into a gown.
Patients must inform their doctor or technologist if they may be pregnant.
For any concerns or questions, please contact our specialists, who will be happy to answer them.