DEXA scans are used to evaluate bone mineral density and to diagnose and follow-up osteoporosis. Two X-ray beams of different energy levels are used. By calculating the difference in absorption of each beam by bone, the bone mineral density is obtained. This value is compared with the young normal population to calculate the risk of fractures.


Please note: Our Bone Densitometry scans are conducted within the Bundoora Specialist Health building (located next door to our Grimshaw Street Practice).

If your examination requires the use of a dye/contrast, you will be required to fast for 4 hours and stop certain medications prior to the examination. You will be advised accordingly when you make your booking.

Please bring the following to the clinic (if applicable)

  • Valid referral
  • Medicare/Healthcare/Pension card
  • Prior scans (e.g. X-rays, Ultrasounds, CT, MRI) and reports.

At the appointment, the radiographer will ask you to change into a gown and remove the relevant jewellery. The radiographer will go through a checklist to ensure we are performing the correct exam on the correct patient.  A written consent will then be obtained.  The scan takes approximately 15-20 mins during which you are required to lie relatively still on a flat bed.

Bulk Billing available for valid referrals.

Should you have any further questions please ask the radiographer or you may like to have a look at the following websites:

Inside Radiology

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency