Bone Density Scans Specialist

Osteoporosis increases the risk of dangerous and painful hip and spine fractures. Austin Area Ob-Gyn & Fertility in Texas offers safe, painless, state-of-the-art bone density scans to help women detect the presence and degree of decreased bone mass.

Bone Density Scans Q & A

Austin Area Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Fertility

What is a bone density scan?

Bones provide a strong framework for the body in addition to supporting normal, healthy movement. Strong bones have a specific density or mass designed to support the weight of the other tissues as well as facilitate normal motions and physical activity. Sometimes, bone density can begin to decline, resulting in weakened bones that are far more likely to break. Bone density scans are painless tests that evaluate the mass of bones to determine if bone loss is occurring or to manage the treatment of bone loss in patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

How are bone density scans performed?

Bone density scans use a special type of low-emission x-ray to evaluate bone tissue, usually in the thigh, forearm or lower spine. Sometimes, tests are performed on the smaller bones of the wrist or fingers. Scans may be performed using a large scanner similar to the large x-ray machine used to image bones when a fracture is suspected, or using a portable scanner. Most scans take about 10 to 30 minutes to complete and are completely painless. Bone density scanning is sometimes referred to as bone densitometry, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DEXA.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become porous and brittle, making them much more likely to break. In osteoporosis, the bones lose their ability to replace old, worn bone with new, healthy bone at a rate necessary to keep bones healthy and strong. People who have osteoporosis have low levels of minerals in their bones, decreasing the overall strength of the bone tissue matrix. Without appropriate care, bones will continue to weaken over time, making those who have the disease much more likely to develop broken bones. In severe stages of the disease, even simple motions like walking, standing or coughing can cause bones to fracture. Osteoporosis occurs most commonly in the bones of the thighs, forearms, and spine, but it can affect other bones as well. Osteopenia is considered a “precursor” to osteoporosis and refers to bones that are less dense than normal but have not progressed to osteoporosis.

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Our Insurance Policy:

Austin Area OB/GYN accepts a wide variety of insurance plans including those listed to the right. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out if our providers are in-network with your plan. Please note our providers are in network with three of the new exchange plans: Ambetter Superior, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage, and Sendero Idealcare.

    Out of network providers:
    • Aetna Managed Care Open Access Plus (QHP)
    • Aetna Seton Alliance
    • Amerigroup
    • Any Seton plan for OB patients
    • Cigna Local Plus Exchange Plan
    • Humana HMOx Exchange Plan
    • Scott and White
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • Aetna TRS plans (call billing to get verification)
    • Texas Women's Health Program (Medicaid Plan)
    • BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO

Accountable Health Plans of America
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO/PPO
First Health
United Healthcare

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12200 Renfert Way, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: 512-504-7655
Fax: 512-450-1146
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Austin Area Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Fertility
12200 Renfert Way
Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758