A bone mineral density scan (BMD), also known as a DEXA scan, uses advanced technology to determine your bone health. The scan
is usually done on the lower back and one of the hips although sometimes the forearm is included in the examination. These
types of bone scans aid in the detection of osteoporosis, which is a condition where bones become fragile and brittle. This
can lead to a higher risk of fractures or breaks. The risk of osteoporosis increases with age. In fact, 1 in 2 women and 1
in 3 men over the age of 60 are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture (www.osteoporosis. org.au). However, osteoporosis can be
both preventable and treatable, particularly when bone loss is detected at the earliest possible stage.