Bone Densitometry: Overview

Canadian Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Determining a personís BMD assists a doctor in deciding if a patient is at increased risk for osteoporosis-related fracture. The purpose of BMD testing is to help predict the risk of future fracture or to monitor a patientsí response to bone building therapy.

Our Facilities are all recognized and accredited with the Canadian Bone Miner Densitometry Facility Accreditation Program. This program is administered by the Ontario Association of Radiologists in partnership with Osteoporosis Canada.

OHIPs protocols for BMD candidates are as follows:

  • High Risk patients can have (1) one BMD procedure done one year plus one week from the date of the previous.
  • Low Risk patients can have (1) one BMD procedure done three years plus one week from the date of the previous.