Bone Density (DEXA) is one of the safest, most accurate, and most common ways to measure BMD (bone mineral density). Since you can’t see or feel bone loss, the DEXA test tells your doctor if you have osteoporosis or may be at risk of developing it. Physicians will consult with you and discuss recommendations and treatment options following your study.
Your Bone Densitometry may not be covered by your health plan. The technical fee is $220. Please call your health plan and verify your coverage for this test prior to the date of your appointment. The procedure code for the test is 77080. If this test is not covered, payment will be due at the time of the appointment. Currently, we are offering Bone Density at our Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and Midlothian locations.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing like sweatpants and a T-shirt, but no metal, such as zippers, snaps etc
- Wear a pull-on top
- Closed toe and closed heel shoes
- No X-ray contrast studies 7 days prior to your appointment
- Before your scan, you can eat and drink normally
- Do not take calcium supplements the morning of your test
- Your doctor will review your results and explain your fracture risk to you during your follow-up
About the Scan
- The bone density scan is often recommended for women age 50 and over who are past menopause and have other risk factors for osteoporosis
- It’s a 10-20 minute scan that’s easy, quick, and painless — just relax on a cushioned bed while a scanner arm passes over your body.
- It measures the density of your bones, which is just one of several indicators of your bone strength, vulnerability to fractures, and risk for osteoporosis