Bone Mineral Density (DEXA)

Harbour Radiology Mosman has invested in the Hologic DXA System, the pioneer in X-ray bone densitometry. This multi-faceted system helps clinicians assess bone health, body composition and cardiovascular risk — critical elements that will help patients keep life in motion.

DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD).
The process uses very low dose X-rays and is safe and non-invasive procedure commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis.
The procedure takes less than 5 minutes and no preparation is required.

DEXA Medicare Criteria

*Medicare has strict guidelines for the rebate of DEXA examinations. Please check with our friendly staff when making your appointment to ensure that you are eligible for a Medicare rebate.
When there is no claimable item number, there is a small private fee.

12306 (one test every 24 months)
Claimable if bone density test performed for:
1. The confirmation of a presumptive diagnosis of low bone density made on the basis of 1 or more fractures occurring after minimal trauma in the last ten years; or
2. Monitoring of low bone density proven by a bone density test at least 12 months previously.

12312 (one test every 12 months)
Claimable if bone density test performed for the diagnosis and monitoring of bone loss associated with:
1. Prolonged glucocorticoid therapy;
2. Any conditions associated with excess glucocorticoid secretion.
3. Male hypogonadism; or
4. Female hypogonadism lasting 6 months before the age of 45.

12315 (one test every 24 months)
Claimable if bone density is performed for the diagnosis and monitoring of bone loss associated with:
1. Primary hyperparathyroidism;
2. Chronic liver disease;
3. Chronic renal disease;
4. Any proven malabsorptive disorders;
5. Rheumatoid arthritis; or
6. Any conditions associated with thyroxine excess.

12321 (one test every 12 months)
Claimable if bone density performed 12 months following a significant change in therapy for:
1. Established low bone density; or
2. The confirmation of a presumptive diagnosis of low bone density made on the basis of 1 or more fractures occurring after minimal trauma.

12322 (one test every 24 months)
Claimable if patient is aged 70 or older and has a T- Score from previous BMD between -1.5 and -2.4.

12320 (one test every 5 years)
Claimable if :
* Patient is 70 years or older and not previously had a BMD examination (initial scan ) ;
* Patient has a T- Score from a previous BMD of -1.5 and above.

** TO CLAIM A MEDICARE REBATE THE ABOVE CRITERIA MUST BE MET AND SHOWN ON A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL

Please bring your request form from your referring practitioner to your appointment.
Please remember to bring all previous X-rays and imaging reports with you to your appointment.

Locations where this service is available

• Mosman

Body Mass Composition

Harbour Radiology is proud to present state of the art DEXA whole body scanning to patients. It provides our patients with accurate measurements of lean muscle, fat and bone mass for the entire body and individual regions.

If you are serious about your fitness or weight-loss program, you may consider performing a DEXA body composition scan to assess and show the distribution of your body fat. Along with advice from your personal trainer, dietician or exercise physiologist, a DEXA body composition scan will provide you with the information you need to help you achieve your goals.
With a DEXA full body composition scan, you’ll know when your program is working and when it’s not. Accurate measurement will assist you in making more effective diet and training program decisions.

Please bring your request form from your referring practitioner to your appointment.
Please remember to bring all previous X-rays and imaging reports with you to your appointment.

Locations where this service is available

• Mosman

North Sydney

Mosman