DEXA Bone Mineral Density Scan

The gold standard in measuring bone mineral density.

Strong bones, longer years

Just like our organs, bones are impacted by age. Over time, bone composition, density and strength deteriorates, increasing the risk of fractures. Studies have shown people who maintain optimal bone health tend to live longer, hence prioritising bone health is essential for overall well-being and longevity.
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Measure your risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are characterised by low bone density and the weakening of the building blocks that make up your bones. People living with osteoporosis have porous, fragile bones, which can lead to an increased risk of fractures.

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are not just ‘women’s diseases’. Men represent up to 30% of all fractures related to osteoporosis and osteopenia. If you have higher-than-average risk factors for osteoporosis, your doctor might refer you for a bone density scan.

What is a DEXA bone mineral density scan?

DEXA, which stands for Dual X-ray Absorptiometry, is one of the most accurate methods for analysing the density of your bones. DEXA measures how many grams of calcium and other bone mineral are packed into a segment of your bone, and compares it to the population norm. 

DEXA bone mineral density scan is used to diagnose osteopenia, osteoporosis and determine your risk of fractures in the future. DEXA can also detect decreasing bone density and strength at an early stage when intervention treatment can be beneficial.

Who should have a DEXA bone mineral density scan?

What to expect at your DEXA bone mineral density scan

It’s a simple and logical approach. Preventative health screening identifies medical conditions and risk factors – before they become an issue. This allows us to minimise the risks and delay the onset of disease – or prevent them altogether. So you can feel empowered and in control of your health and wellbeing.

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What to expect at your DEXA bone mineral density scan

It’s a simple and logical approach. Preventative health screening identifies medical conditions and risk factors – before they become an issue. This allows us to minimise the risks and delay the onset of disease – or prevent them altogether. So you can feel empowered and in control of your health and wellbeing.

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What do the results of my DEXA scan mean?

Your bone density scan result is reported as a ‘T-score’ which shows how your bone density compares against an average population.

  • A T-score of -1 or higher is considered normal. 
  • A T-score between -1 and -2.5 indicates lower than normal bone density (osteopenia), increasing the risk of developing osteoporosis
  • A T-score of -2.5 or lower indicates existing osteoporosis

Based on the result of your scan, our specialist team will determine the appropriate treatment to help you improve your bone health.

DEXA Body Composition Scan Pricing

Bone Mineral Density DEXA Scan

Initial Scan
$ 190
  • DEXA scan
  • Radiologist review
  • Detailed report
  • Results discussion with ??
30 minutes

Frequently asked questions

A initial DEXA scan appointment will usually take around 30 minutes, and a follow-up DEXA scan appointment will take around 15 minutes.

We recommend wearing loose, light, comfortable clothing. No denim or metal including belt buckles or bras with underwires or fasteners.

Yes, however the amount of radiation used in DEXA scans is very low, and less than most common x-rays. 

Despite being very safe, DEXA scans are not recommended for pregnant women.

Yes, you can eat and drink normally before a bone mineral density scan. However, if you are also having a DEXA body composition scan, please arrive for your DEXA scan overnight fasted. 

Yes you can exercise before a DEXA scan.

Yes, a referral is required from your GP or specialist.

No, unfortunately DEXA scans are not yet covered by Medicare of private health cover.

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