Osteoporosis – Frequently Asked Questions
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that reduces the strength of your bone. It results in the thinning of the bone and increases the risk of fractures.
Osteoporosis is not a disease that suddenly affects the elderly, but it is a progressive disease that often begins as a woman reaches menopause. It often progresses without symptoms for many years until bones become so fragile that even bending to pick up a newspaper can result in fractures of the spine.
In many cases, osteoporosis is not diagnosed until one or several fractures have occurred.
Is bone density scanning with DEXA safe?
Our facility utilizes “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry” (DEXA) technology which offers an extremely low x-ray dose.
The amount of radiation for a bone density scan using DEXA is only a fraction of that received from a standard chest x-ray. It is comparable to the amount received on a transcontinental flight.
Are services at Peninsula Diagnostic Imaging limited to those who have insurance?
No, Peninsula Diagnostic Imaging is contracted with many health insurance carriers. Our office staff is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Because we are a private outpatient center we are able to provide our services efficiently, typically at a lower cost than hospital-based centers.
Do I need a physician’s referral (Prescription) to have my bone density examination?
A physician’s order is required in order to insure health insurance coverage for DEXA and VFA.