Osteoporosis Check

Osteoporosis Check

What is a bone mineral density test?

Osteoporosis is a condition relating to fragile bones.  People with osteoporosis are more likely to break a bone on falling or with other similar trauma.

A bone mineral densitometry test is a good way to test for osteoporosis and it is usually indicated for people from 70 years onwards.  This is a common scan that measures the density of your bones.

The scan involves lying clothed on a flat-bed for around 15 minutes.


Why should I have a bone mineral density test?

This scan will show whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it.  A low bone density is related to an increased chance of bone fracture.

Who should have a bone mineral density scan?

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners suggests that Bone Mineral Density should be investigated if you are subject to certain factors, these include:

  • Height loss ≥3 cm and/or back pain suggestive of vertebral fracture
  • Female
  • Older than 70 years of age
  • History of falls
  • Parental history of hip fracture
  • Premature menopause or hypogonadism
  • Prolonged use of glucocorticoids
  • Use of other medications that cause bone loss
  • Conditions or diseases that lead to bone loss
  • Low body weight
  • Low muscle mass and strength
  • Low physical activity or prolonged immobility
  • Poor balance

What will the bone density scan show me?

The bone density test will be interpreted by a radiologist and the results referred back to your doctor.