BMD – Bone Mineral Density (DXA)

Bone mineral density studies (DXA), is used primarily to evaluate for bone loss and determine whether you have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis.  BMD or DXA is an x-ray procedure that measures the density of your bones and will help your doctor determine your bones strength and assess the risk of developing fractures.  DXA is also effective in monitoring osteoporosis treatment and other conditions that cause bone loss and is most often performed on the lower spine and hips.

When you arrive at GNMI for your BMD test, you will be required to lie still on an imaging table while the scanner passes slowly over you. The amount of radiation used is minimal and is considered to be very safe.

BMD Checklist – Patient Preparation

  • Please bring your health card and your requisition with you to your appointment: Requisition Form.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to register.
  • Please refer to the different exam preparation checklists below.

A typical exam takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Do NOT take calcium supplements the day of your test. Wear clothing without metal, snaps, buttons, zippers, etc. Bring a list of current medications.