Upcoming Events

BMD@ Jurong Polyclinic (Osteoporosis Screening)

When: Friday, October 24, 2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: Jurong Polyclinic


Mobile BMD Event

To book appointment for the BMD test, please contact 6275 6443 (6-ASK-NHGD). A doctor's referral is required.

What is Bone Mineral Densitometry?

BMD is a simple, painless procedure to measure bone density to help detect early loss of bone mass. BMD uses the special Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) machine, the current gold standard globally, to scan the hip and spine. The results enable doctors to predict the potential risk of bone fracture. Exposure to radiation is low compared to a normal X-Ray.

Eligibility Criteria

Patient is required to present a doctor's referral letter prior to the screening.

You are likely to develop osteoporosis if you:

  • Are 65 years old and above, with a family history of osteoporosis
  • Are thin, small frame, or very underweight
  • Are a woman with early menopause or had her ovaries removed before the age of 45
  • Have poor nutrition and / or inadequate calcium intake
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Smoke
  • Have excessive alcohol intake
  • Under steroids for an extended period of time i.e. more than three months

What You Need to Know About Bone Mineral Densitometry

Before the BMD test

  • Remember to bring along the following items on the day of the screening
    1. NRIC
    2. Mobile BMD Instruction Slip
    3. Doctor’s Referral Form
  • No fasting is required.
  • However, the test should not be performed within a period of 72 hours following a nuclear bone scan or within a week following a barium study (barium meal, small bowel barium follow-through or barium enema).
  • Do not take calcium supplements the day of the exam.

During the BMD test

There will be a lifestyle survey to complete prior to the test. A coordinator on aboard the Mobile BMD will be conducting an interview session with the patient before proceeding to the BMD.

Patients will lie on their back on a padded table for the duration of the procedure. A narrow "arm" passes over patients during the procedure.

The whole process will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

After the BMD test

A generated printout is produced by the DEXA machine. A certified Radiologist will interpret your results and provide a report for you.

Upon your next consultation, your doctor will interpret your result and provide advice for next course of action.

For FAQs on Bone Mineral Densitometry, click here.

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Last Updated 17 June 2014