Gynecology & Women’s Health

Bone Density Scans

Bone density scans, also called DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scans, are one of the safest, most accurate, and most common ways to measure bone mineral density. Since you can’t see or feel bone loss, the DEXA test can indicate if you have osteoporosis, which is a loss of bone mass, or if you may be at risk for developing it. It will also help your doctor determine your bone strength and vulnerability to fractures.

VPFW offers bone density scans at our Midlothian Turnpike location.

Who Should Get a Bone Density Scan

We often recommend DEXA scans for women, age 50 or over, who are past menopause or have other risk factors for osteoporosis. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) additionally recommends that all women who are over the age of 65 should have the screening test done.

What Can I Expect During My Scan?

The bone density scan is quick, easy, and painless. You’ll just relax on a cushioned bed while a scanner arm passes over your body. It only takes about 10-20 minutes. The scan will measure the density of your bones, which will help indicate your bone strength, vulnerability to fractures, and risk for osteoporosis.

Following your study, a physician will consult with you and discuss recommendations and treatment options.

How Much Does It Cost?

Your Bone Densitometry may be covered by your health plan. The technical fee is $220. Please call your insurance carrier 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.