1317 - Bone Mineral Density using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) in patients with HIV

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Application Detail


On Hold

Description of Medical Service

This proposal is for the provision of an MBS item number for bone densitometry by DXA scan to women and men with HIV infection, regardless of whether or not they are using anti-retroviral therapy.

DXA scanning is considered the gold standard for the purposes of identifying patients with low BMD, predominately 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 Condition

Osteoporosis 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 Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Protocol (PDF 649 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 255 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


16 - 17 August 2012 13 - 14 December 2012[