Bone Density

Hours: (by appointment only)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Holidays: Closed

Tel: (416) 461-9471

Services

1. DEXA Test

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones characterized by a progressive loss of bone tissue, which can result in an increase in the risk of fractures, often from minor falls or spills that would not normally result in a fracture.

A routine x-ray examination can reveal osteoporosis, but by the time this can be detected using a conventional x-ray, the disease may have progressed significantly. Fortunately, other tests are available to diagnose the disease in earlier stages so that treatment can begin.

The best technique currently available in measuring bone mass is dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This test measures the bone mass in two important areas: the hip and the spine. The test is painless and simple to conduct and usually takes less than ten minutes. DEXA is very safe – the radiation exposure is minimal, and the test is very precise. DEXA is also useful in tracking the progression of osteoporosis.

If you have had a bone density test in the past three years outside of the Albany Medical Clinic, please advise us at the time of your booking. 

2. Aclasta Therapy

Since 2008, our clinic has been an infusion site for the drug Aclasta. Aclasta is a new therapy for patients with osteoporosis. Instead of taking a regime of pills on a continuing basis, patients receive this new medication once a year by an intravenous infusion done by our nurses (Nursing Station – 3rd floor). Our site handles patients referred in from various parts of central and east Toronto – not just our own patients. If you’re interested in learning more about Aclasta, speak to your family doctor to find out if it is right for you.

Patient Preparation

Appointments are necessary.

What you need to do before your appointment:

  • Bring the referral requisition and any documentation your family doctor gave you.
  • Bring your provincial health card.
  • No recent (within 72 hours) barium or nuclear medicine scans.
  • Please wear loose comfortable clothes without zippers or buttons.

Picking up your images:

Your images are available on a CD (compact disk).

Please note:

  • CD’s are not prepared in advance.
  • You may obtain a CD – Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5pm.
  • CD’s are not available on Saturdays.