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Bone Mineral Density Scans

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ABOUT BONE MINERAL DENSITY SCANS

Location

​​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital | Map icon Maps & Directions
Norman Urquhart Building – 7th Floor, in the Bone Density and Body Composition Laboratory

Sometimes your scan may be booked at a different location through the Joint Department of Medical Imaging – your scan may be done at Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre or Mount Sinai Hospital.

​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Western Hospital | Map icon Maps & Directions
East Wing – 1st Floor, Room 557 in the Orthopedics Department


​​​​​​​​​​Princess Margaret Hospital | Map icon Maps & Directions
3rd Floor, Room 935


Mount Sinai Hospital
6th Floor, Room 201 in the Division of Nuclear Medicine


Please check your appointment details to find out which hospital you'll need to visit.


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What We Do

The Bone Density and Body Composition Laboratory at the Osteoporosis Clinic is part of the Centre of Excellence in Skeletal Health Assessment, a group of bone diagnostic centre s in partnership with the University of Toronto Joint Department of Medical Imaging.

Our lab is equipped with a DXA machine (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry), used for diagnosing osteoporosis. DXA uses a very low dose of x-ray – one scan uses about the same amount of radiation as you'd get from two hours of direct sunlight. In comparison, a standard chest x-ray would use about 10 to 20 times more radiation than what you'll be exposed to from a DXA bone density scan.

A bone density scan measures the mineral content of your bones – the greater the amount of minerals present, the higher the bone density. BMD measurements help your doctor determine whether your bones are healthy and normal or if they're weak and prone to fracture.

 

Hours & Contact

Toronto General Hospital
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm


Toronto Western Hospital
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Monday – Tuesday
8:00am – 4:00pm

Phone: 416 340 3890


Mount Sinai Hospital
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 416 586 4446

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