*Please refer to our attached referral form for Bulk Billed Medicare Criteria. If you meet certain criteria, your bone density test might be covered by Medicare. Alternatively, your private health fund might provide reimbursement depending on your individual level of coverage. If no coverage is available, you may pay for your scan out of pocket.
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is the gold standard in Bone Mineral Density measurement. The scan takes only 10 to 15 minutes to perform and it is the most reliable method to measure the density of your bones.
A DEXA Bone Mineral Density (BMD) scan is the most widely accepted test for osteoporosis and osteopenia (bone thinning). A DEXA scan determines how rich your bones are in minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. The higher the mineral content, the denser and stronger your bones are, and less likely they are to break under normal daily circumstances.
People with a family history of Osteoporosis, with malabsorption disorders such as Coeliac Disease, chronic conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, or with low levels of Vitamin D and Calcium, might be at increased risk for low bone mineral density. Also men and women over 50 with risk factors may need to test their bone health. If your bone density is low, you are more likely to fracture a bone in the future.
Your general practitioner (or other medical practitioner) will review your risk factors for osteoporosis such as your family history, medical history (i.e., meds, hormone levels, or other conditions that might lower bone strength), and lifestyle factors (i.e., smoking, physical inactivity). If you’re at risk, then your GP will give you a referral you for a DEXA BMD scan.
All you need to do is get in touch with us to book in an appointment with our Licensed DEXA Operators.
You will be instructed to lie flat on the padded table of the DEXA scanner, the technician will position your body for scans on your hip (femoral neck) and lower back (lumbar region), and the DEXA arm will pass over your body.
If there are any medical reasons for which a reliable scan cannot be taken at the hip and/or lower back, then a wrist scan will be performed.
It is a relatively quick procedure and should be complete within 10 to 15 minutes. Your results will be read by a medical practitioner and a report sent straight to your doctor.
If you meet certain criteria, your bone density test might be covered by Medicare (consult with your GP). Alternatively, your private health fund might provide reimbursement depending on your individual level of coverage. If no coverage is available, you may pay for your scan out of pocket.
*Please note that Body and Bone can only perform Bone Mineral Density Scans for patients who have been referred by a doctor.
**To claim a medicare rebate the above criteria must be met and shown on a doctor's referral
$90.00 Per Scan