Bone density scanning, which is often referred to as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, uses small amounts of ionizing radiation to map and measure the amount of bone loss in a patient, usually on the lower spine or the hips. This is one of the quickest and most reliable ways to assess the patient’s risk for bone fractures and to diagnose osteoporosis.
The Sunlight MiniOmni Bone Densitometer is one of the most cost-effective bone sonometers currently available and provides these features:
- Accuracy — Based on Sunlight Omnipath quantitative technology, the MiniOmni provides unrivaled accuracy for multiple bone density readings taken from multiple points on the patient’s body.
- Portable — At around the size of a hardcover book, the MiniOmni is lightweight and can be taken virtually anyplace people can go.
- Non-invasive — Taking a bone density scan is quick, easy and requires no special preparation on the part of the patient.
- Versatile — Comes with a database containing four ethnic references for men, women and children, allowing for an even more specific and accurate reading.
- Cost-effective — At almost half the price of other densitometers, we currently offer special pricing on this unit. In addition, the MiniOmni comes with a one-year warranty.
Portable, accurate and affordable, the MiniOmni can serve a wide range of practices and is particularly useful for general practitioners who may need to treat a number of different patients suffering from bone-related complaints.
CPT Code 76977: Ultrasound bone density measurement and interpretation, peripheral site(s), any method. hold a $7.16 national Average reimbursement; tests for 15 minutes.
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.
The focus when creating medical devices should be to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. This means that manufacturers should want to help patients avoid repeat visits, lingering symptoms and other complications. In short, the first treatment should ideally be the last. With that in mind, all of the devices sold through Medical Device Depot are highly refined in order to produce the best possible outcome. From the bone densitometers to the fetal monitors, every item is carefully chosen to aim toward the new standard of medical devices.
These 5 outcomes should be at the forefront of every manufacture’s goals, according to the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry:
- Streamlined Processes – In a complicated field, it is essential to streamline processes as much as possible to ensure that patients receive speedy and effective care. Because an inefficient workflow could keep a patient from being referred to surgery on time, for example, it should be a goal to identify ways to optimize the any and all processes.
- Smart Functions – While doctors are experts, they are still human. Mistakes can be made and not every treatment is guaranteed to be successful. Devices like vessel detection technology, for instance, can help prevent accidental cuts before they occur.
- Enhanced Patient-Doctor Communication – Clear communication surrounding diagnoses and after-care is vital to a patient’s comfort and feeling of well-being. Manufacturers should consider how procedures will be discussed and what needs to be done in order to communicate questions and concerns.
- Simple and Targeted Education – Another facet that is essential to success is the complete understanding of what a doctor is communicating to the patient. Patients should be educated carefully and thoroughly so each is comfortable with the information given to them.
- Macro Data Translation – With the rise of electronic health records, compiling and reading data is easier than ever. Data can be sortedby patient geography, state of the disease, as well as culture and lifestyle trends. Tailoring solutions to particular segments of the population is a powerful way to track individual behaviors that lead to better health outcomes and can be applied to larger populations.