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Bone Mineral Densitometry / DEXA

A bone mineral density scan is the best way to measure your bone health. It can show whether you have any signs of osteopenia, osteoporosis and assess your response to osteoporosis treatment. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become fragile, leading to a higher risk of fractures (or breaks) than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). As a result bones become thinner and less dense so that even a minor bump or fall can result in a fracture. Lakeview Imaging uses the latest Lunar Prodigy Bone Mineral Densitometry machine providing patients with accurate results in 15 minutes.

Measurements are routinely performed on the lumbar spine and both hips. In some instances, the forearm may be included in the examination.

Preparation: Nil
Test Duration: 15 minutes
Are there any after effects: No
It would be helpful if you could wear clothes that do not have any zippers or metal buttons.

Lakeview Imaging uses the latest Lunar Prodigy Bone Mineral Densitometry machine providing patients with accurate results in around 15 minutes.

At Lakeview Imaging we bulk bill medicare eligible bone densitometry services. These are:

12306 – One service in every 24 months

  • Fractures occurring after minimal trauma
  • Monitoring of low bone mineral density proven by bone densitometry

12312 – One service in every 12 months

  • Prolonged Glucocorticoid Therapy (oral or high dose inhaled steroids)
  • Excess Glucocorticoid Secretion
  • Ovarian hypofunction (amenorrhoea > 6 months before age 45 years)
  • Male hypogonadism

12315 – One service in every 24 months

  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Proven malabsorption
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

12321 – One service in every 12 months

  • Significant change in therapy for osteoporosis

12320 – Initial baseline screening for patients over 70. This code is also used if patients over 70 have had a previous BMD showing a normal result (t-score oof -1.5 or above). Allows one service every 5 years.

12322 – Patients over 70 years in the osteopenic or osteoporotic range. Allows one service every 2 years.

If no medicare rebate applies, a fee of $100 will be charged.

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Bone Scan

This test involves an injection of a radioactive material (radiopharmaceutical) into a vein (usually in the arm) followed by some immediate pictures. You will then need to return between 2-4 hours later for some more images.

Preparation: Nil, however, it is important to be well hydrated.

Test Duration:
Initial Appointment: 15 minutes.
Delay Appointment: 45 minutes.

Are there any after effects: No
Please bring any previous x-rays or
bone scans with you.

Clinical Indications:

  • Bone pain
  • Fractures
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Arthritis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Bone Metastases
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Joint replacement loosening or infection

Whole Body Bone Scan

Areas of increased radioisotope uptake, where a stress fracture of the fibula is present.

These two images are from our latest SPECT/CT camera demonstrating secondary bone metastases in the left humeral head and left ischium. This correlates to the sclerotic areas as shown on the CT images.

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