Bone Mineral Densitometry

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) (also known as dual-energy absorptiometry or DEXA) is an X-ray scan which emits much less radiation than a regular chest X-ray. This scan measures bone density to help your doctor find out if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of bone fractures.

Osteoporosis, or “porous bones,” is a disease where bones lose density which can lead to fractures, pain and deformities. Early detection is important because you may not even notice you have it until you sustain a painful fracture.

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

    • In addition to adults, children ages 5-19 can be scanned at all clinics.
    • Please make sure to tell your technologist and doctor if you’re pregnant.
    • The bed we use has a maximum weight capacity of 147 kilograms (325 pounds). If weight restrictions prevent you from using the scan table, a wrist exam will be performed. 

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR EXAM

    Click on your exam below to find out how to prepare, what happens during your exam and where it is offered.

    Our Technology

    Mayfair uses GE Lunar Prodigy Advance scanners with the latest software.

    Mayfair follows the CAR Technical Standards for Bone Mineral Densitometry Reporting.

    All of our BMD technologists are certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and regularly meet best practices in the field.