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Bone Mineral Densitometry

The Bone Mineral Densitometry Unit is a safe, low-dose x-ray procedure that assists in diagnosing low bone density. This exam estimates the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of the body, including the spine, hip and forearm.  Typically, a bone density test will last between 10-15 minutes. As we age, we naturally begin to lose bone density and this becomes more prevalent after age of 50. THE BMD Unit is used to diagnose osteoporosis, asses the risk of fracture and monitor changes in bone density over time. Osteoporosis occurs very gradually throughout life and leads to painful and crippling fractures of the hips, vertebrae and wrists. Over 25,000 hip fractures occur each year in Canada, with total health care costs exceeding $600 million. Both new and existing treatments offer hope for stabilizing bone mass and reducing fractures.   Osteoporosis is often known as “the silent thief” because bone loss occurs without symptoms. Osteoporosis is sometimes confused with osteoarthritis, because the names are similar. Osteoporosis is a bone disease; osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue.

If you are concerned about your bone density, are over 50 or have one of the risk factors, please speak with your family doctor about a Bone Mineral Densitometry Screening.  The Diagnostic Imaging Department is located on the ground floor of ADMH beside the gift shop.  Hours of operation are from 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday and they can be reached by phone at 613-623-3166 ext. 214


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