Bone densitometry

By appointment only
Covered by the RAMQ

BMD is used to evaluate bone mass and fracture risk by osteoporosis.

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.

Radiologie LaSalle
Radiologie Delson
Radiologie Lachine
  • Do not take any calcium supplement less than 48 hours before the exam.
  • Do not undergo any exam with barium or nuclear medicine less than 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)
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. If this is your first bone mineral density (BMD) exam, 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.
Total duration of the exam is approximately 15 minutes.

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, ...)

The most common fractures occur at the spine, hip (e.g. after a fall) and wrist (e.g. when trying to break a fall).

Vertebral fractures by gradual crushing may go unnoticed and cause a loss of height or 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.

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

No fees, entirely covered by the RAMQ.
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Radiologie LaSalle
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LaSalle, Quebec
H8N 1T5
Phone: 514-365-7766

Radiologie Lachine
2600 B, rue Victoria
Lachine, Quebec
H8S 1Z3
Phone: 514-637-4404

Radiologie Delson
58, Marie-Victorin boulevard
Delson Quebec
J5B 1A9
Phone: 450-845-6789

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