Bone Mineral Densitometry

Bone Mineral Densitometry

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  • Osteoporosis

knife and forkMedication & Dietary Requirements

  • No barium or dye injections (used in some X-ray or Nuclear Medicine tests) before completing a BMD test.

  • Refrain from consuming Calcium or Vitamins on the day of the test

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  • Remove jewelry, belts, garments and possessions containing metal

  • Some patients may require an exam gown or pants

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What is BMD?

Bone Mineral Densitometry is a procedure that uses a low dose x-ray to measure bone mineral density (BMD). The information gathered from the procedure is used to:

  • diagnose osteoporosis
  • estimate the risk of bone fracture
  • assess the response to treatment

CAMIS Process

CAMIS currently uses DEXA scanners that measures bone density and diagnosis osteoporosis. 

Expansion of Service

October 2012. A full body DEXA scanner was added to the Department that provides body composition information, in addition to bone density. Body Mass Composition (BMC) information (for instance the percentage of body fat versus the percentage of lean muscle) can be useful for physicians treating a variety of conditions related to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. BMC is also useful for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to track composition changes.

For Further Information:

Please contact Tricia Adams, Manager Bone Mineral Densitometry.

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