A bone densitometry service at the CIMM in the Principality of Monaco
Bone densitometry, commonly known as BMD, investigates the mass of calcium in your bones. It is a reflection of their strength.
It is a means of assessing the risk of possible fractures, or osteoporosis. A quick and simple pain-free examination, performed by our team of experienced doctors, at our Centre d’Imagerie Médicale de Monaco (Monaco Medical Imaging Centre).
What happens in a bone densitometry examination?
We allocate a small room for you where you can undress down to your briefs or pants.
Once you are undressed, the radiologist weighs and measures you, to establish your reference curve on a computer which has all your relevant data (weight, height, year of birth).
During the bone densitometry examination, you will be lying on a bed, usually on your back. The X-ray tube moves slowly over you. It is important to stay completely still and breathe calmly, to avoid distorting the results. The examination that lasts only a few minutes, and is painless. Rest assured: no injections are required.
Once the examination is complete, the radiologist positions the calculation axes, and the result is immediately available.
Why is bone densitometry useful?
The Centre d’Imagerie Médicale de Monaco provides the following response
Bone densitometry is mainly used to screen for osteoporosis.
It actually searches for a lack of calcium in bone mass (bone demineralisation).
We can also use it if we detect risk factors such as early menopause, malnutrition, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, low calcium diets, clear appearance of bones on standard X-rays and long-term corticosteroid treatment.
Osteodensitometry then allows preventive measures to be taken, or treatment begun, before a fracture occurs.
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