WHAT IS A DEXA/BMD?

A Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is a low-dose form of x-ray that uses computer software to measure bone density i.e. the ‘thickness’ of your bones. It is used to diagnose, stage and monitor  osteoporosis. Most DEXA scans take measurements from the Lumbar Spine (lower back) and Hips. 

DEXA is not to be confused with CT BMD or QCT; which is performed on a CT (Computed Tomography) machine.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY DEXA?

No special preparation is required for a DEXA scan. Try not to wear any jewellery or metallic items, as these may need to be removed.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. You will be required to be at the practice for 20-30 minutes. We ask if you could please call us to make an appointment or come in and arrange a suitable time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

  • Are pregnant, or suspect you are.
  • Have had any injuries or surgery to the area being examined.
  • Have recently had a barium examination.
  • Have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Referral from your doctor.
  • Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in any of our practices, these can be electronically retrieved and you do not need to bring them with you.
  • Method of payment including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.
  • For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.
WHO WILL DO MY DEXA?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will always be present during your procedure.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY DEXA SCAN?

You may be asked to remove some items of clothing and any metal (e.g. jewellery), and change into a disposable gown. Depending on what area of the body is being examined, you will either be asked to lie down on the DEXA table or sit on a chair next to the table. Our radiographer will position you and move the DEXA machine over the area of your body being scanned. The radiographer will then take the x-ray. It is important that you do not move while the x-ray is being taken.

The test normally takes 10-20 minutes. You can resume normal activity straight after having a DEXA scan.

 

CONTACT US

Ashfield

9716 3600

Campsie

 8042 3000

Drummoyne

9911 6800

Five Dock

8705 8300

Hurstville

9598 0100

Newtown

8228 9000

North Strathfield

8282 8100

North Sydney (Mater Imaging)

9955 4466
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