Bone Mineral Density
Hunter Radiology offers Bone Mineral Density scans using Quantitative CT Scans. This means we use an ultra-low dose CT scan to image and a specific software to measure the density of bones in the lower back and the hip. With this technology Hunter Radiology can quickly and accurately produce a report diagnosing Osteoporosis.
Hunter Radiology can now offer this service at our practices in Newcastle and at Salamander Bay. Appointments are availbale by calling either of these practices. For more information regarding QCT please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Why should I have a Bone Density Scan?
If you have risk factors for low bone density you need to have a bone check up with a bone density scan. If your bone density is low, you may be more likely to fracture a bone in future.
Finding out this information as early as possible means you and your doctor can take action to keep your bones as strong as possible. If you have low bone density or osteoporosis, you need to know now.
What is a Bone Density Scan?
A bone density scan (also known as a bone density test) is a simple scan that measures the density of your bones usually at the hip and spine.
You simply lie flat on a padded table, and the arm of the machine passes over your body. The scan takes approximately 10-15 minutes. You remain clothed during the scan.
When should I have a Bone Density Scan?
Women and men over 50 with particular risk factors should talk to their doctor about a bone density scan.
What do the results tell me?
A bone density scan will determine if any action is needed to improve your bone health.
The result will indicate if your bones are in the range of normal, low osteoporosis.
Maintain adequate calcium, vitamin D, exercise and a healthy lifestyle to promote continued bone health.
- Osteopenia (low bone density)
Your doctor will check your calcium intake, vitamin D level and exercise habits to ensure these are improved for your bone health. The aim is to slow bone loss so you do not develop osteoporosis.
Your doctor will also check any conditions or medications which may be affecting your bone health. You will usually be monitored with a follow up scan in 2 years.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis your doctor will commence treatment. Your calcium and vitamin D levels will be checked and specific exercises recommended for your bones. The overall aim is to improve your bone health and prevent any fractures
Medicare rebates apply for many, but not all, people who will require a bone density scan. Your doctor will advise if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate. Some private health funds provide a reimbursement, please check with your fund.
Medicare Rebates apply for people who:
Patients who are not eligible to claim a Medicare rebate are required to pay the full fee at the time of consultation.
If you have any queries regarding this examination, please contact Hunter Radiology on 4929 7222.
Have previously been diagnosed with osteoporosis
Have one or more previous fractures from a minor incident
Are taking corticosteroids (common for asthma)
Women with early menopause
Men with low testosterone
Have Coeliac Disease (or other malabsorption conditions), overactive thyroid or parathyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, liver or kidney disease
Are 70 years or over