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Bone densitometry

By appointment only
Covered by the RAMQ

BMD is used to evaluate bone mass and fracture risk.

What is osteoporosis : Osteoporosis is a disease that causes thinning and weakening of the bones. Normally the bone is regenerated regularly. With osteoporosis, new bone tissue is not produced in sufficient quantity to replace removed bone tissue. This causes a loss of bone mass or bone density, which may lead to fragility fractures after minor trauma.

Appointment available at the following clinics:

Radiologie Lasalle

Radiologie île-des-Soeurs

The exam process

After registering, the technologist fills a questionnaire with you and notes your weight and your height. Thereafter, you lie comfortably on the examination table while the technologist performs the imaging of the lumbar vertebrae and hip. Also X-rays (in lateral view) of your dorsal and lumbar spine are done. Measurements from the BMD and X-rays are then analyzed by the radiologist. Total duration of the exam is approximately 15 minutes.

Duration of the exam

Total duration of the exam is approximately 15 minutes.

Exam types and costs

No fees, entirely covered by the RAMQ.

  • $5, for each copy of the report for personal file.
  • $10, for each copy of CD for personal file.


  • Do not take any calcium supplement within the prior 48 hours before the exam.
  • Do not undergo any exam with barium or nuclear medicine within the prior 10 days before.

When coming in for your exam, make sure to bring:

  • The original exam request signed by your doctor
  • Your valid health insurance card (RAMQ)

Causes and risk factors

Osteoporosis is not just related to aging. Factors that may increase the risk of osteoporosis include:

  • Age: 65 and older
  • Early menopause (lack of certain hormones (estrogen))
  • The use of corticosteroids (cortisone, ...)
  • Specific lifestyles (smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, ...)
  • Diet poor in calcium and vitamin D
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Some diseases (Crohn's, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ...)

Types of fractures

The most common fractures occur at the spine, hip (e.g. after a fall).

Vertebral fractures by gradual crushing may go unnoticed and cause a loss of height or a stooped posture. These fractures are not always accompanied by pain. Only one third of all vertebral fractures will be brought to the doctor's attention.

Prevention and treatment

It is important to reduce the risk of osteoporosis to a minimum. This includes understanding who is at risk for osteoporosis and establishing a treatment quickly to prevent the disease. If someone already has osteoporosis, early screening is essential to prevent fractures.

  • Have a regular intake of calcium and vitamin D
  • Exercise (such as walking, weight training, or climbing stairs)
  • A healthy, smoke-free lifestyle without excessive alcohol intake
  • Taking medication under medical supervision (such as biphosphanates...)

Contact details and opening hours

1500 rue Dollard, Bureau 101
LaSalle, Quebec, H8N 1T5

Monday to Friday
8h00 to 16h00

2600, rue Victoria Suite B
Lachine, Quebec, H8S 1Z3

Monday to Friday
9h00 to 16h30

58, Boulevard Marie-Victorin
Delson, Quebec, J5B 1A9

Monday to thrusday
8h30 to 20:00

8h30 to 16h00

10h00 to 16h00

2529, Rue Allard, bureau 100
Montreal, Quebec, H4E 2L4

Monday to Friday
9h00 to 16h30

8 Place du Commerce, # 200
île-des-Soeurs, Quebec, H3E 1N3

Monday to Friday
9h00 to 16h30

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Making an Online Appointment

Please note that we will confirm appointment request by Internet, telephone or e-mail within 24 hours. For the WITHOUT APPOINTMENT, come without appointment during the working hours of the clinic. General radiology exams do not require an appointment.

Exam is from: 

Important : Attach a scanned copy or a photo of the examination request signed by your doctor.


You do not need an appointment for this examination, just present yourself with your prescription and your Medicare card to the clinic of your choice..


Groupe UnImage offers a safe and sanitary environment.

All patients must wear the procedure mask.

 For all conventional x-rays, you may present yourself on site with the doctor's prescription & health insurance card.

We reserve the right to offer you an appointment if there is an overflow, to ensure the safety of EVERYBODY. 

For mammography, bone densitometry, ultrasound and arthrography and MRI

You can make an appointment request from our website.

Send us your prescription as well as your name and phone number and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

By email at the following address:

Show up only 10 minutes before your appointment.

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