Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient


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The Bone Density uses state of the art Bone Densitometers to acquire accurate and reproducible scans to measure bone density and body composition

Comparison between scanners

Comparing scans between different brands of scanners is not a good idea. The manufacturers calibrate their machines differently, use a different population in their normal reference ranges and even measure different regions in some cases. Even though cross-calibration studies have been performed, these are of limited value in the clinical setting.

To ensure the most valid comparisons, follow-up scans are best performed on the same scanner at the same site.

Body Habitus

Weight limit

Our scanners have a weight limit of 160 kilograms. Any patients larger than this will have a forearm scan only.

Patients who are immobile

We scan patients who are wheelchair or bed bound. They will be transferred to our table for the scan. Please mention this when booking.

Paediatric patients are also scanned at our facilities.

Medicare Rebates


To be eligible for the Medicare rebate 2 sites must be scanned.

Patients will be bulk billed if they are eligible for a Medicare rebate. There is no gap they have to pay.

Medicare Rebate Item Numbers

 Item Number

 screening for osteoporosis is for patients over seventy



the confirmation of a presumptive diagnosis of low bone mineral density made on the basis of 1 or more fractures occurring after minimal trauma;


for the monitoring of low bone mineral density proven by bone densitometry at least 12 months previously.
(one service only in a period of 24 months)



Monitor prolonged glucocorticoid therapy or excess glucocorticoid treatment, male hypogonadism, female hypogonadism (for more than 6 months prior to the age of 45)

(one service only in 12 month period)



Chronic liver or kidney disease, primary hyperparathyroidism, proven malabsorptive disorders (including low vitamin D levels), Rheumatoid Arthritis, or conditions associated with thyroxine excess.

(one service only in a period of 24 months)



A significant change in therapy for established low bone density or for the confirmation of a presumptive diagnosis of low bone mineral density made on the basis of 1 or more fractures occurring after minimal trauma.

(one service only in a period of 12 months)










Our Reports

We do not recommend treatment or suggest a time to follow-up with another scan. We provide you with information in a standard format which provides a consistent interpretation and emphasises the important points that will allow you to make a sound judgement in conjunction with the other information that you have.

An example of our reports can be seen by clicking on these links.

            Sample 1 – first time visit 
            Sample 2 – follow-up visit

Printouts of the scan are also provided with the report.


If you would like to receive the reports electronically or for any other enquiries, please contact us enquiries.miat@austin.org.au