DEXA / BMD
Everything you need to know about DEXA/BMD
How DEXA/BMD scans work
DEXA/BMD can be used to examine most parts of the body, including:
What to expect
Upon arrival, you may be asked to change into a gown. You’ll be taken into the BMD scanner room and asked to lie flat on the scanning bed. A scan is routinely performed of your hips, lower spine, and sometimes your forearm. Each area takes approximately 5 minutes and you’ll need to remain still during the scan.
The day of the Scan
The radiation exposure of a BMD is less than 10% of a standard chest x-ray.
- A recent fracture from a minor injury
- Had an X-ray or CT showing that the bones in your spine are weakened
- A medical condition that could cause bone density loss
- Regular medication that could cause bone density loss