A BMD test is used to quantify the mass of bone in the body. A machine uses a very low dose X-ray to measure the amount of minerals, namely calcium in your bones. Patients who have been referred by their doctors for a BMD scan are usually being assessed for osteoporosis.
The images and data collected by the BMD machine is sent to a radiologist for interpretation, your doctor will receive a written report in approximately one week.
Information that will be included in this report is a T score and Z score.
- Compares your bone density with a healthy, young adult of your gender. This score indicates if your bone density is normal, below normal, or at the level that indicates osteoporosis.
- -1 and above: Your bone density is normal
- -1 to -2.5: Your bone density is low and it may lead to osteoporosis
- -2.5 and below: You have osteoporosis
- Allows you to compare how much bone mass you have compared with other people of your age, gender and size.
- Below –2.0 means that you have less bone mass than someone your age and that it could be caused by something other than aging
BMD tests are performed at the following HPHA hospital sites:
Clinton Public Hospital – Basement Level
- Register at Patient Registration located on the basement level.
Stratford General Hospital - Level 1
- Parking is available in Lot A off Cambria St. or Lot E off of West Gore St.
- Enter through the Main Entrance.
- Register in the Imaging Department, East Building, Level 1
- Appointment will take place in the West Building, Level 1 - you will be given directions after you register
COVID-19 self-screening is in effect at all HPHA hospital sites.
Booking Office Contact Information:
Tel: 519-272-8212 or Toll-Free: 1-888-275-1102 ext. 8212