Bone density outpatient service at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Bone Density Clinic provides bone density scans to diagnose and manage osteoporosis — a disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily.

This is a free public health service located at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).

Contact and opening hours

Phone: (08) 8222 6913
Fax: (08) 8222 6021

Opening hours: 9 am — 4 pm, Monday to Friday


Level 1, Link Wing
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road
Woodville South, 5011

How to make a referral

Patients need a referral from a general practitioner (GP) or specialist to book an appointment.

  1. Complete the Bone densitometry referral form (DOCX 41KB)
  2. Fax or email the referral to:

Booking an appointment

Patients with a referral from a GP or specialist can contact us to book an appointment.

Appointments are free.

Getting to the clinic

The Bone Density Clinic is located on Level 1 in the Link Wing of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Paid parking is available 300m from the clinic in the multi-storey car park.

If you are mobility impaired, a wheelchair can be borrowed from the patient enquiries desk at the main entrance to the hospital.

Once you arrive at the hospital:

  1. Go to the main entrance (behind the cafe)
  2. Take the lift to Level 1
  3. Follow the signs to Bone Density Clinic (view directions from Level 1 lift)
  4. Take a seat in our waiting area until the x-ray technician calls you. We do not have a receptionist.

At the appointment

The appointment usually takes 20 mins.

Patients should wear clothing without metal parts and bring their:

  • completed referral
  • Medicare Card
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (if applicable)

Low-dose x-rays scan the lower spine and upper femur to measure how many grams of calcium and other minerals are packed into a segment of bone. This type of scan uses Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA).

Getting the results

  • Results are sent to the referring doctor.
  • We recommend patients contact their doctor two weeks after the scan to discuss results.

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