Bone Density Testing

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

Bone Density Instructions

You may need to have a lumbar spine x-ray taken if this is your first scan or if it’s been more than five years since your last lumbar spine.

  • Please wear outer clothing that does not have zippers, snaps, or buttons.

(i.e. jogging suits, pullover dresses, or elastic waist pants with pullover tops).

DO NOT TAKE FOSAMAX, ACTONEL, CALCIUM TABLETS, VITAMIN D OR MULTIVITAMINS FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SCAN. Miacalcin may be used since it is not an oral medication.

Your bone density appointment must be at least a week after having a contrast study or nuclear stress test.

In some cases, insurance may not cover this procedure. You may want to contact your insurance provider to verify coverage. The procedure code is 77080 DEXA.

Your physician recommends you have this scan. If your insurance company does not cover the charge, you will be expected to pay for this procedure.

The DEXA scanner is located in SUITE 100 on the 1st floor. You will be given a questionnaire to complete at that time.