A Guide to Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) Screening

Osteoporosis is a significant health concern in Malaysia, particularly among postmenopausal women and the elderly. One essential tool for addressing this issue is Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) screening, often performed using Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scans. These scans measure bone density in areas like the hip, spine, or forearm, helping diagnose osteoporosis.

So, what exactly is a BMD examination? It's a non-invasive test that measures your bone mass density, typically in the hip and lumbar spine. These measurements are crucial for diagnosing osteoporosis, a condition characterized by the loss of bone mineral, making bones more fragile and prone to fractures, especially in the hips and spine.

Before your BMD scan, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You don't need to fast for this exam.
  • Avoid scheduling it within a week of contrast-related tests like CT scans.
  • Refrain from taking calcium supplements or calcium-containing medications 24 hours before the test.

Here's what you can expect during the procedure:

  • You'll change into a hospital gown.
  • You'll lie on a couch while a radiographer positions you for the scan.
  • The scanner will emit a low-dose X-ray to capture the necessary images.
  • Don't worry; the procedure is painless.
  • It's essential to stay still to ensure high-quality images.
  • The entire examination usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Learn more about how you can reduce your risks and prevent further health problems. Regency’s Bone DEXA Screening Package is well equipped with wrist, hip & spine bone density scan, blood investigations and health screening doctor’s consultation.

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