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BMD Scan

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is an examination to assess bone density, to detect possible osteoporosis or reduced bone density. Low body density leads to bone weakening and increases the risk of fractures. BMD is painless and uses a special type of X-ray called DXA at minimal levels of radiation. During the test, the lower spine and one of the hips are examined to provide information on the likelihood of having broken bones in the future, to assist in monitoring bone loss and in planning medical treatment.

Male over 60 years old and Female over 50 years old and those with certain medical conditions or family history are at high risk of having osteoporosis.and it is often covered by Medicare.

Frequently Asked Questions

BMD scans are used to diagnose and monitor conditions like osteoporosis and osteopenia, which indicate decreased bone density. They are particularly important for individuals at risk of fractures.

Yes, BMD only use a very low level of radiation, much less than a standard X-ray, and the benefits of early detection of bone health issues outweigh any potential risks.

There is no preparation needed for a BMD scan.

During the procedure, you’ll lie down on a table while a scanner arm passes over your body, typically focusing on the spine, hip, and sometimes the forearm. The scan is quick and painless.

BMD scans are painless and non-invasive.

There is no preparation required.

It takes about 10 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on the specific areas being scanned.

BMD scans use a very low level of radiation, so they are considered safe during pregnancy. However, if you are pregnant or suspect you might be, it’s important to inform your healthcare provider and the technologist performing the scan.

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