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Bone mineral densitometry

Grand River Hospital’s medical imaging department offers the latest in the state-of-the-art technology to diagnose bone density.

This service is located at GRH’s KW Site, at 835 King Street West in Kitchener in the hospital’s medical imaging department, on the second floor of the hospital’s D wing.  Bone densitometry (BMD) testing helps to diagnose osteoporosis and your future risk for fracture. It can also help identify those at risk for developing the disease.

The test is quick, simple, painless and non-invasive. It uses a very small amount of radiation, about a tenth of the level used in a chest x-ray.  Bone densitometry tests can be booked by your family physician or specialist between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The BMD test will be performed by a technologist certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and the Canadian Society of Clinical Bone Densitometry.

Please keep the following in mind for your test:
  • Do not take a calcium pill on the day of the bone density test;
  • Wait one week after any barium, contrast media or nuclear medicine test to have your BMD study;
  • If possible, for the test avoid wearing clothing with zippers, metal or plastic buttons and belts. Sweat pants and top are excellent; and
  • We do not conduct BMD studies if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant
Please allow 30 minutes for this test in the medical imaging department.
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