Bone Density Scan Clinics
Identifying Osteoporosis before it results in injury.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition where the bones have become fragile and brittle due to reduced bone density (or mass). The loss of density is often caused by a decreasing or insufficient amount of minerals in the bone. Bones (like tissue and muscle) need these minerals to maintain good health and strength. Common deficiencies responsible for reduced bone density include calcium and vitamin D. However, there can be other reasons for low bone density, including certain medical conditions and medications. Learn more about the various risk factors of low bone density here – Osteoporosis Australia.
Osteoporosis often has no symptoms until a low impact fracture has been caused. However, the known risk factors can greatly increase the likelihood of developing Osteoporosis. Patients identified as having the greatest risk can then be referred for a bone density scan to determine if their bone health is being affected.
Diagnosing Osteoporosis or low bone density early is important. With the help of your doctor, you can work on improving your bone density to reduce the risk of breaks. Some patients may even be able to return their bones to a normal density range.
Bone Density Scans
In order to give our at risk patients the opportunity to identify low bone density early, we arrange bone density scan clinics at each of our practice locations. This can help make the scans more accessible to patients, especially in regional areas. When a new clinic date is coming up at one of our practices, we will notify patients we believe to be at risk of having/or developing Osteoporosis.
The scan clinic dates will vary from practice to practice. During the clinic dates, a mobile diagnostic imaging van will be parked near the practice. Usually in the car park. The bone scan, which is a lot like an xray, will only take a few minutes to complete. You will not require any injections or preparations prior to the scan. Throughout the scan you remain fully clothed. For more information on the scan visit – Osteoporosis Australia.
View the list of dates for our next bone density scan clinic at your nearest Family Practice Medical Centre.
Your bone health is important, so talk to your GP about your risks and any concerns you have.
Bone Density Scan – Bulk Bill Eligibility
You could be eligible for a bulk billed bone scan if you can relate to one of the below eligibility criteria:
- you are over 70 years of age, or
- have been diagnosed with coeliac or chrons disease,
- use corticosteroids on the regular/prolonged basis,
- suffer from either chronic liver or kidney disease, or
- have hyperthyroidism or a parathyroid condition, or
- experienced early menopause, or
- experienced male hypogonadism; or
- have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients who are not eligible for a bulk billed bone density scan may still be referred for a bone scan by their doctor. However, a private fee could apply in these cases. For more information speak to your nearest Family Practice Medical Centre. Practice contact details are available by following the links in the availability list.
By 2022 there will be 1 fracture every 2.9 minutes.
Osteoporosis Australia – National Burden of Disease Report 2013
Scan Clinic Availability 2019
Family Practice at Kallangur | 19/8/19 – 22/8/19
Family Practice at Hinkler | 9/9/19 – 10/9/19
Family Practice at Sugarland | 26/8/19 – 28/8/19
Family Practice at Glenmore | 12/11/19 – 14/11/19
Family Practice at Ayr | 5/11/19
NSW North Coast
Family Practice at Yamba | 21/9/19 – 23/9/19