Lakes Radiology

BMD Testing

DEXA Bone Mineral Density Whole Body Scan & Body Composition

‘Bone Mineral Density’ Testing is also known as ‘Bone Densitometry’.

A bone mineral density (BMD) test provides a snapshot of your bone health. The test can identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures (broken bones), and measure your response to osteoporosis treatment. The most commonly used BMD test is called a central dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or central DXA test. The test can measure bone density at your hip and lumbar spine and will provide your doctor with information about your risk of bone fractures and assist in developing a treatment/prevention therapy plan.

Medicare Rebates for Bone Density Scans

If certain criteria is met, a bone density test might be covered by Medicare. Alternatively, private health funds might provide reimbursement depending on individual level of coverage. If no coverage is available, the scan may be out of pocket.

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