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Mobile Bone Mineral Densitometry

Mobile BMD

National Healthcare Group Diagnostics’ Mobile Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) was launched in August 2011 to provide accessible and affordable osteoporosis screening in the primary healthcare setting. This test was primarily available in hospitals in the past.

Mobile BMD is constructed from a 30 foot container and designed to facilitate maximum patient comfort onboard the trailer. It is equipped with a best-in-class dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology unit, which takes bone scans of both lower spine and hip.

The Spine and Hip Bone Mineral Densitometry is the gold standard for the assessment of bone mineral and susceptibility to fracture. It is a simple test that measures bone calcium content to help detect early loss of bone mass. It is recommended by MOH screening review committee for BMD to be selectively offered to high risk women. The test is also necessary in order for clinicians to prescribe follow-up treatment for osteoporosis.

Patient is required to present a doctor's referral letter prior to the screening.

You are likely to develop osteoporosis if you:

  • Are 65 years old and above with a family history of osteoporosis
  • Are thin, small frame, or very underweight
  • Are a woman with early menopause or had her ovaries removed before the age of 45
  • Have poor nutrition and / or inadequate calcium intake
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Smoke
  • Have excessive alcohol intake
  • Under steroids for an extended period of time i.e. more than three months

No fasting is required.

However, the test should not be performed within a period of 72 hours following a nuclear bone scan or within a week following a barium study (barium meal, small bowel barium follow-through or barium enema).

Do not take calcium supplements the day of the exam.

Please bring any previous x-rays to the examination as these may help in the interpretation of results. 

There will be a lifestyle survey to complete prior to the test. A coordinator on aboard the Mobile BMD will be conducting an interview session with the patient before proceeding to the BMD.

Patients will lie on their back on a padded table for the duration of the procedure. A narrow "arm" passes over patients during the procedure.

The whole process will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

For more information to engage our Mobile BMD services, please contact us at 6496 6633 or asknhgd@diagnostics.nhg.com.sg.

For Mobile BMD's location, click here 

For FAQs on Osteoporosis Screening, click here.

Last Updated 16 November 2012