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Do I need a doctor's referral?


Where can I go for ​a BMD test?
How can I ​book a BMD appointment?
What must I prepare before a BMD test?
  • ​You should not go for your test during this period:
    • Within 72 hours after a nuclear bone scan, or
    • Within 14 days after barium examination (barium meal, small bowel barium follow-through or barium enema), or
    • Within 14 days after any radiology procedures (CT scan,​ MRI scan, angiogram or IVU) ​involving the injection of dye or contrast, or
    • If you are or suspect that you are pregnant.
  • No fasting is required.
  • Do not take calcium supplements 24 hours prior to the test.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time for registration.
What must I bring on that day?
  • Your identity card, work pass or passport
  • Your doctor's referral form that contains:
    • Your personal particulars
    • Name, MCR and signature of referring doctor
    • Clinic name, address, contact number and stamp
    • Test to be performed​
  • Any of your previous X-rays (these may help in the interpretation of results)
What is the procedure like?
  • Our staff will conduct an interview session with you to complete a lifestyle survey.
  • You may be required to change into a procedure gown prior to ​the test.
  • During the test, you will lie on your back on a padded table. A scanning "arm" will pass over your body.
  • The process takes about 30 minutes.
How do I make payment?
At NHG Diagnostics counters

Credit cards (Mastercard/VISA), PayNow and NETS are preferred.

At community/corporate events

Credit cards (Mastercard/VISA), PayNow and NETS.

How do I collect my report?
If you were referred by a polyclinic or GP
  • Your report will be sent your doctor within 5 working days.
  • See your doctor to have your report reviewed.
If you were screened during an event
  • Contact your event organiser for date of collection.