Bone Mineral Density (BMD)
Diagnostic Imaging

The bone mineral density test is a computerized x-ray scan of your lower spine and hips. It measures how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone. This test can help your health care provider identify osteoporosis, determine your risk of bone fractures and measure your response to treatment.

More about this service

Location, hours and contact information

Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Tel: 902-567-7778
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (as required, approx. two days per week)

Colchester East Hants Health Centre
Tel: 902-893-4321
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dartmouth General Hospital
Tel: 902-465-8318
Tuesday and Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital
Tel: 902-634-3106
Monday to Friday:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Martha's Regional Hospital
Tel:  902-867-4500 ext 4524
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (as required, approx. two days per week)

Valley Regional Hospital
Tel: 902-679-3819  ext 2
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Victoria Building - QEII
Tel: 902-473-3618
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:  8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Yarmouth Regional Hospital
Tel: 1-877-742-2571
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I get an appointment?

A referral from your doctor is required. 

How do I change or cancel my appointment?

Please call 1-844-I-REBOOK (1-844-473-2665). You will be asked to select the location of your appointment and service.

You will be connected with a team member who can cancel your appointment and help arrange for a new appointment. 

*The DI Re-Book line does not currently connect patients to the IWK Health Centre. If you're trying to re-book or cancel an IWK Diagnostic Imaging appointment, you must call one of the following numbers:

  • For IWK Ultrasound: (902) 470-8970
  • For IWK MRI: (902) 470-7027
  • For IWK X-Ray, CT, Bone Density, or Nuclear Medicine: (902) 470-7962


Wait times

Current average wait times for bone mineral density testing with us can be found HERE