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Bone Mineral Density Tests

One of the best ways to determine if your body is losing bone mass is with a bone mineral density test. If your bone density is found to be low, you and your doctor can work together on a treatment plan to help prevent fractures before they occur.
 
Simple bone density scans using portable machines may check the density of your wrist or heel. However, keep in mind that hip and spine scans, like DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry), are more reliable.

The following Texas Health hospitals offer some type of bone mineral density test:

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Type of bone mineral density test offered: DEXA

Cost: $217.00 for the hospital charge, plus a fee for the reading of the test from the radiologist (which is usually about half of the hospital fee).

Insurance information:

  • Most health insurance plans cover this test for women 50 and over, or with a family history of osteoporosis
  • An order from your physician is required
  • Medicare covers every other year. If the patient is on medications for osteoporosis, Medicare usually covers the test annually

Reasons to have a bone density screen are:

  • Known osteoporosis
  • Loss of height
  • Certain medication usage
  • Family history
  • Post-menopausal patients

When: Six days a week

Where: Texas Health Allen

Additional information:

  • The weight limit is 300 lbs
  • You should be 23 or older
  • The test uses a small amount of X-rays, so you should not have the exam if you are pregnant
  • If you have been injected with any contrast or radio-pharmaceuticals for Cat scans/MRI or Nuclear Medicine exams, you should wait 48-72 hours to have a DEXA scan
  • The patient should also be free of any barium used in XR exams

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 972-747-6000.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle

Type of bone mineral density test offered: DEXA

Cost: $217.00 for the hospital charge, plus a fee for the reading of the test from the radiologist (which is usually about half of the hospital fee).

Insurance information:

  • Most health insurance plans cover this test for women 50 and over, or with a family history of osteoporosis
  • An order from your physician is required
  • Medicare covers every other year. If the patient is on medications for osteoporosis, Medicare usually covers the test annually

Reasons to have a bone density screen are:

  • Known osteoporosis
  • Loss of height
  • Certain medication usage
  • Family history
  • Post-menopausal patients

When: Six days a week

Where: Texas Health Azle

Additional information:

  • The weight limit is 300 pounds
  • You should be 23 or older
  • The test uses a small amount of X-rays, so you should not have the exam if you are pregnant
  • If you have been injected with any contrast or radio-pharmaceuticals for Cat scans/MRI or Nuclear Medicine exams, you should wait 48-72 hours to have a DEXA scan
  • The patient should also be free of any barium used in XR exams

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 817-444-8788.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Type of bone mineral density test offered: DEXA

Cost: $334.00, plus a fee for the reading of the test from the radiologist

Insurance information:

  • All insurances will be filed
  • Deductibles and co-insurances will apply
  • An order from your physician is required

When: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Texas Health Dallas - in the Peggy A. Bell Women's Diagnostic and Breast Center, located on the 1st floor of the Margot Perot Women's and Infants hospital, just west of the Hamon building

Additional information:

  • Patients should wear comfortable, two-piece garments without metal fasteners or zippers

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 214-345-2598.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Type of bone mineral density test offered: Bone Densitometry

Cost: Check with your insurance provider

Insurance information: Check with your insurance provider

When:

  • Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Center for Women at Texas Health Denton
  • Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Texas Health Outpatient Center Cross Roads, 3201 U.S. Highway 380.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 940-898-7399.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Types of bone mineral density tests offered:

  • DEXA (hip and spine scan)
  • Ultrasound screening (limited to the heel of the foot)

DEXA

  • Cost: $334.00; if self-pay, it's discounted to $217.00. Neither price includes the radiologist fee for reading the test
  • Insurance:
    • Most health insurance plans cover this test for women 50 and over, or with a family history of osteoporosis
    • An order from your physician is required
    • Medicare covers every other year. If the patient is on medications for osteoporosis, Medicare usually covers the test annually

Ultrasound screening

  • Cost: Check with your insurance provider
  • Insurance: Check with your provider

When:

  • DEXA tests are offered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday
  • Ultrasound screenings are available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and through the Texas Health Mobile Health Unit

Where: Both bone mineral density tests are available at the Kupferle Breast Center on the campus of Texas Health Fort Worth

To schedule an appointment for either bone mineral density test, call 817-250-4896.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Type of bone mineral density test: Ultrasound screening (limited to the wrist)

Cost: Free

Insurance information:

  • Not covered by insurance
  • Does not need a prescription.

When: Weekdays, by appointment

Where: Texas Health HEB Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 817-355-8151.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

Type of bone mineral density test: DEXA

Cost: $334.00, plus a fee for the reading of the test from the radiologist

Insurance information:

  • Most health insurance plans cover this test for women 50 and over, or with a family history of osteoporosis
  • An order from your physician is required
  • Medicare covers every other year. If the patient is on medications for osteoporosis, Medicare usually covers the test annually.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Where: Texas Health Kaufman

Many Texas Health Kaufman patients elect to have their DEXA scan the same day as their mammogram. This makes it easy to remember to have it done each year, or every two years, based on their physician's recommendation.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 972-932-7390.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Type of bone mineral density tests offered: DEXA (hip and spine scan)

Cost: Check with your insurance provider

Insurance information:

  • Most health insurance plans cover this test for women 50 and over, or with a family history of osteoporosis
  • An order from your physician is required
  • Medicare covers every other year. If the patient is on medications for osteoporosis, Medicare usually covers the test annually.
  • If the patient has Medicare, Texas Health Plano must check all the diagnosis codes for Medical Necessity screening purposes.

When and Where:

  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Texas Health Plano Radiology Department
  • By appointment, Monday through Friday at Sue A. de Mille Women's Diagnostic Center*

*DEXA scans at the WDC are only available to women in conjunction with a mammogram

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 972-981-4070.

Most doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospitals.

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