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Questions about Bone Density Testing (DEXA)

Can I have a bone density test without a consultation?
Is a bone density test painful?
How long does the test take?
Does my insurance cover bone density testing?
Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a bone density test?

Q: Can I have a bone density test without a consultation?
A: Yes, your doctor can refer you to our office just for a bone density test. After your test we will send a complete report to your doctor. (Of course if you want a consultation with one of our doctors, that can be arranged separately). top

Q: Is a bone density test painful?
A: No, bone density testing is completely non-invasive and painless. Most people find the test relaxing. You lie on a special padded x-ray table while the technologist performs measurements of your spine and hip. top

Q: How long does the test take?
A: The test itself usually takes only 10 or 15 minutes. We schedule 30 minute appointment times to take care of paperwork and other preparations. top

Q: Does my insurance cover bone density testing?
A: Many insurance carriers cover bone density testing for specific reasons, those reasons vary according to medical history and/or condition. If you are unsure about coverage contact your insurance carrier directly. We participate with many of the major carriers in our geographic region including Medicare. Contact our office if you have further questions about coverage. top

Q: Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a bone density test?
A: It is best to wear clothing with little or no metal (snaps, zippers, clips, underwire, etc.) and it is also important that you have not had any other diagnostic tests that require the use of contrast media (barium, nuclear medicine, etc.) within a week before your bone density test. top