Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

How to prepare for your test:

No Barium Studies/Scans two weeks prior to your appointment.

No Nuclear Medicine Scans one week prior to your appointment.

No Calcium pills on day of exam.

Avoid clothing with metal fasteners if possible, and do not wear any fragrances or apply creams with strong fragrance prior to your appointment.

You must bring your Ontario Health Card to your appointment.

Patients must be able to consent to the procedure. If language is a barrier, please bring an interpreter.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give the testing location at least 24 hours' notice to avoid late cancellation/no show fees.


Testing eligibility:

Baseline: patients are limited to one Baseline test in lifetime

Low Risk: patients with prior BMD testing are limited to a second test 3 years later and every 5 years subsequently

High Risk: may have testing more frequently than outlined above, provided there is clinical evidence of one of the following conditions: 

  • At risk for accelerated bone loss (in the absence of other risk factors, patient age is deemed not to place a patient at high risk for accelerated bone loss)
  • Osteopenia or osteoporosis on any previous BMD testing
  • Bone loss in excess of 1 % per year as demonstrated by previous BMD testing


Testing locations:

Cambridge Memorial Hospital

700 Coronation Blvd

Cambridge ON N1R 3G2


Grand River Hospital

835 King St W

Kitchener ON N2G 1G3


Groves Memorial Comunity Hospital

235 Union St

Fergus ON N1M 1W3


Guelph General Hospital

115 Delphi St

Guelph ON N1E 4J4


Palmerston District Hospital

500 Whites Rd

Palmerston ON N2M 1B2


St Mary's General Hospital

911 Queen's Blvd

Kitchener ON N2M 1B2