DEXA Bone Density

Bone Density


BMD scanning is a painless and non-invasive examination using a very low intensity Xray machine to measure the bone mineral content in various parts of the body (e.g. spine, hip and wrist).

Bone densitometry is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but also affects around a third of men.

BMD is effective in measuring the effects of osteoporosis treatment and other conditions which cause bone loss.


AdelaideMRI aims to provide excellence in imaging at all times.

As part of this commitment, we make affordable medical imaging a cornerstone of our business.

To meet this commitment, We BULK BILL all Medicare Eligible BMD Scans. Bulk billing means no or low gap payments and no large, unexpected out of pocket expenses.

Please check if your scan is eligible when booking. Medicare guidelines are very specific about which examinations are covered by the Medicare schedule.

It’s your choice where you have your Scan or Xray.

Call us with any Imaging request form for an appointment.

You can use our request form if your doctor has requested an X-ray or scan, at any radiology practice.


We offer you direct access to a secure SMS or email link to an on-line viewer with your images and report.

You can give this link to any health practitioner that you decide needs access to your scan or Xray. The link is unique for each visit to our clinic so you choose whenever you have a scan or Xray to share these.

The viewer link has a unique pass code and there is no program or App to download, so the images can be viewed almost anywhere you need them to be accessed.

Sometimes your doctor or specialist may need traditional “printed on plastic” images; please check, especially if you are referred to a specialist, and let us know if you need plastic images printed – a surcharge applies for printed plastic images and you will need to collect these from one of our clinics.


BMD is offered at our Torrensville practice.


Bring your request form, Medicare card and all old Xrays, scans, reports and films every time you visit us.
BMD examinations don’t require any preparation. You can check at the time of making your appointment.


A standard BMD examination takes approximately 20 minutes. Your name and date of birth will be checked prior to commencing your scan. You will be escorted to the BMD room. The technician will explain the examination procedure to you before acquiring the necessary images.

During the examination, you will be lying down but there is no discomfort. A technician will be with you acquiring the images; these are later interpreted and reported by the radiologist. You will sign a bulk bill Medicare form once the examination has been completed.


A radiologist will interpret and report the BMD images. The results will be sent to your referring doctor. As the images are digital they will be kept on our computer system for future reference. You should always discuss the results of any scan or Xray with your doctor.


Your doctor has decided that the medical benefit to you is much greater than any risk posed by exposure to diagnostic Xrays. The intensity of Xrays used in BMD is very low.
If you are pregnant you must let our staff know before the examination.
See the link below to calculate your dose and estimated cancer risk from studies including CT scans, xrays, nuclear scans and interventional procedures.


Medicare obstetric scans subject to new rules by Medicare.

All obstetric scans at Adelaide MRI will now attract a fee, with some scans eligible for a partial rebate.

All other Medicare eligible scans are still bulk billed at Adelaide MRI - ie: no upfront fee.

Adelaide MRI is committed to keeping all scans that do attract fees as affordable as possible.


Adelaide MRI are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.
In line with the guidelines issued by the Australian Department of Health for healthcare environments we are undertaking all the necessary precautions as well as some additional measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All sites continue to operate through this time of uncertainty. Should you require an appointment please call (08) 8440 7700 or (08) 8440 7799 and we'll aim to provide you with one promptly.

Effective Immediately, we are no longer opening Saturday mornings.

Payneham and Woodville sites will be open from 9am to 6pm Mon - Fri.

Elizabeth and Goodwood will be open from 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri.

NOW OPEN AT Torrensville from 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri.

Thank you for your understanding