Bone Mineral Density

Bone Mineral Density

A bone mineral density scan (sometimes called a DEXA scan – Dual Energy X ray Absorptiometry) measures bone density. This examination uses the most advanced technology to determine the health of bones. The scan is done standardly on the lower back and one of the hips. In certain instances the forearm can be included in the examination.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures (breaks). This risk increases with age, and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture (www.osteoporosis. org.au). Osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable and treatment is more successful when bone loss is detected at the earliest stage.

How is this examination performed?

A BMD examination is performed in a comfortable, painless setting with no injections and very low radiation dose.
• You will need to book in for this examination with a referral from your doctor.
• There is no preparation but you should not have this done within 7 days of having another Medical Imaging examination that requires an injection of contrast
• You will be asked to change into an examination gown to prevent metal and other artefacts on the image.
• The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete although real scanning time is only 2-3 minutes
• The results will be sent to your referring doctor and you will get a copy of the report with your images (to be picked up after 24 - 48 hrs )
• Our Hologic system can compare previous bone density results from different equipment so please bring any previous scans with you

Do I have to pay for this?

At Sunshine Coast Radiology we bulk bill Medicare eligible Bone Densitometry services.
The following chart is a Bone Densitometry rebatable code schedule:
CODE
INTERVAL
DESCRIPTION
12306 24 months
  • Fracture after minimal trauma
  • Monitoring of proven low bone mineral density
12312 12 months
  • Prolonged glucocorticoid therapy (at least 4 months) + current
  • Conditions associated with glucocorticoid secretion (immunosuppression)
  • Male hypogonadism: low serum testosterone
  • Female hypogonadism 6 months before age 45
12315 24 months
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Chronic liver/kidney disease
  • Proven malabsorptive disorders (Vit D/Fat)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Conditions associated with thyroxine excess (thyrotoxic myopathy, thyroiditis i.e Graves, Hashimoto’s)
  • Histologically proven Coeliac disease
12321 12 months
  • 12 months following significant change in therapy of Osteoporosis medication for established low bone mineral density
12323 No interval given
  • Persons over 70 years of age, not associated with the above item numbers

If none of these apply, a non-rebatable fee of $95.00 will be charged.