Bone densitometry, or bone mineral density scanning, is a test that helps to estimate the density of the bone by measuring the amount of mineral matter per square centimetre of bone.

Reduced bone mineral density can be seen in osteoporosis, a condition characterised by brittle bones, common in the elderly.

Bone density is used as an indirect indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk. It is a quick and non-invasive screening test, using a low dose of radiation.

About the Procedure:

  • You will be conscious and have to remove all jewellery
  • There is no sedation or medication needed
  • The test will be performed with you lying down
  • It should take about 15-30 minutes
  • You will receive a printed report at consultation