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Prior to coming along to your appointment we will send you a pre-consultation questionnaire to complete.
Your returned pre-consultation questionnaire is assessed by your Densitometrist
Your Densitometrist will discuss the assessment of your pre-consultation questionnaire, obtain any additional information required from you, explain the procedure for the scans, and ask you if you have any questions.
Professional societies recognise the combination of scans we perform as the best standard of care for osteoporosis assessment. We will perform 3 quick, simple, and painless scans. Each scan takes around 10 - 15 seconds. Your Densitometrist will carefully and meticulously reposition you for each scan. This is important to ensure the highest degree of accuracy. If for any reason, one of the scans cannot be obtained, we will scan an alternative valid site e.g. if we cannot scan the hip we can scan the forearm.
Once the scans are completed, the clinical report is immediately prepared. You will be given the report to take with you.
Having the baseline scans is great to provide a comprehensive assessment of bone density. It is also important to consider a review of your bone density at a set point down the track to measure change and adjust treatment as required. The process and cost for follow-up scans is the same as for your initial package e.g. $180 for the 3 scans.
"Can I claim Medicare rebates?"
Medicare rebates are not available on these scans.
"Is it safe to have 3 scans on the same day?"
DEXA uses x-rays in a very low radiation dose.
In fact, the densitometrist can scan people all day long in the same room without any shielding required.
The combination of all 3 scans provides radiation at around the same amount as a days background radiation incurred from general living.
""Should I have a scan if I am taking osteoporosis medication?""
The Hologic Horizon DEXA units have NEW technology (not available on Discovery and other DEXA units) allowing an Atypical Femur Fracture (AFF) Assessment.
This is technique to assess a serious side effect associated with long-term bisphosphonate therapy.
Hologic has the only FDA-cleared system that can conduct this type of exam.
If you have been on long-term bisphosphonate therapy, an AFF assessment at DEXA Melbourne will provide you with important information on whether you do in fact have these fractures.