1665 – Radiofrequency echographic multi spectrometry for bone density measurement and determination of osteopenia/osteoporosis

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Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Radiofrequency Echographic Multi Spectrometry (REMS) is a non-invasive ultrasound method for evaluation of bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar vertebrae L1-L4 (lower spine) and the femoral neck (upper thigh bone connecting to the hip joint). REMS is used to diagnose osteoporosis, providing the standard parameters used in diagnosis such as BMD, T-score and Z-score.

Description of Medical Condition

Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin, weak and fragile, such that even a minor bump or accident can cause a broken bone (minimal trauma fracture). Examples of such events might include falling out of a bed or chair, or tripping and falling while walking. Osteopenia is a condition when bone mineral density is lower than normal but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Fractures due to osteoporosis can result in chronic pain, disability, loss of independence and premature death.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type

Investigative technology

Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 1652 KB)
Application Form (Word 471 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 690 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 72 KB)

PASC Consultation
PASC Consultation closed

MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation input closed Friday, 10 June 2022.

For further information please refer to PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates
For further information on the consultation process please refer to MSAC Consultation Process

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 2494 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 1047 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 999 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 423 KB)

Meetings for this Application


9-10 December 2021


9-10 June 2022


28-29 July 2022