When a patient is at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis, a bone densitometer scan can quickly tell you whether there is reason for concern. Doctors typically scan spines, hip, forearms and other bones to determine the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter to assess fracture risk. This is a low-maintenance test that doesn’t require much preparation on behalf of the patient. The only exception is that patients should not take calcium supplements or drugs that contain calcium, such as Tums, during the 24 hours prior to the test, as the calcium levels will alter the readings.
The dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan is over in 15 minutes, exposes the patient to minimal radiation and requires only that the patient lie on an exam table. Previously, osteoporosis could be detected only after a patient broke a bone. By that time, of course, the bone density was already very low. By detecting bone density early, patients can take measures to avoid breakage. Test results are typically available within 24 hours, and after all is said and done, this scan will earn your practice $27.94 in reimbursements.
The MiniOmni Bone Densitometer is a great option for this test. The handheld scanner is easy to use and can be brought to your patient no matter where he or she is. This scanner offers an effective alternative to the traditional dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan, especially in cases where x-ray exposure should be avoided or the DXA scanner is unable to travel to the patient. This non-invasive and radiation-free option will delight your patients and still get you answers.