Bone Densitometry is used to find out if patients are normal, osteopaenic or osteoporotic. In some cases it will not be claimable with Medicare and you will be asked if you can pay for the examination. The hips and lower spine are assessed, with the diagnosis made using the lowest T-score, which is then compared to a database of values for your age and gender.
You will probably be asked to change into a gown as clips, zips and buttons can interfere with the imaging. You will be asked to lie on a table and should feel quite comfortable throughout.
The image is created by an x-ray passing through the hip and spine. A computer then performs a calculation and creates the basis for the report by the radiologist. Should you have a hip replacement or surgical screws in your back, other areas such a forearm will be imaged for this test.
About 10 minutes