BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY

Is an appointment necessary?

Yes, appointments are necessary for this category of examination. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic where you intend to go for the examination.


What documents need I bring along?

Please bring along the letter or request form from a physician requesting for the particular examination.

Also, for easy identification, bring along your identity card or passport. This will also assist to expedite the registration process.

For follow-up cases, it is necessary to have previous x-ray films in order for the radiologist to compare and report on the progress of the condition.



How should I prepare for the examination?

No special preparation is required for this examination.

At the clinic, you may be asked to change into an x-ray gown and to remove jewellery or ornaments which may obscure the region that is being x-rayed.

For female patients, they will be asked to certify that they are not pregnant. If there is any possibility of pregnancy, this should be brought to the attention of the physician or radiographer or nurse attending to you.


How is the procedure performed?

The patient will be asked to lie on an x-ray table with the knees resting on a cushion. This is to allow the spine to straighten its natural concavity. The radiographer will be seated nearby and initiating the x-ray exposure. The data gathering will take about 15 to 20 minutes.


Is the examination painful?

The examination is not painful. As in photograph taking, any movement during exposure will render the image unclear. Thus the patient will be asked not to move during the duration of the exposure.


How long will the procedure take?

The examination will take about 20 to 30 minutes.


When will the results be ready?

After all the procedure, the radiologist will report on his/her findings. For urgent work, the results will be ready for collection in an hour's time at the clinic. For routine cases, the results will be despatched to the referring physician's clinic before your next appointment day.