Description of Medical ServiceThis proposal is for the provision of an MBS item number for bone mineral density (BMD) testing using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for all women aged 50 with risk factors for osteoporosis.
DXA scanning is considered the gold standard for the purposes of identifying patients with low BMD, predominantly due to cost-effectiveness and accessibility. It documents small changes in bone mass and can also be used to examine both the spine and the extremities.
Description of Medical ConditionOsteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures (breaks or cracks) than in normal bone.
Fractures due to osteoporosis (osteoporotic fractures) can lead to changes in, muscle weakness, loss of height and bone deformity of the spine. Fractures can lead to chronic pain, disability, loss of independence and even premature death.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeInvestigative
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
PICO ConfirmationFinal Protocol (PDF 788 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 315 KB)
Public Summary Document-
Meetings for this Application
PASC16 - 17 August 2012
13 - 14 December 2012