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Bone Density Scan

Fair Price $125$100
$312+
Choosing Wisely®
Bone-density tests: When you need them - and when you don't

It’s worth getting a bone-density test if you’re older or have other risk factors for weak bones, because without it the first sign of osteoporosis is usually a broken bone.

But if you’re not at higher risk, you should think twice about the test. Here’s why:

  • The test usually isn’t necessary in younger people without risk factors for weak bones.
  • The treatments prescribed have numerous risks.
  • If you don't need the test, it may be a waste of money to have it.

Read the Choosing Wisely report to find out when bone density tests may be warranted.

Source: Choosing Wisely

For full report see: Consumer Reports

Ways to Save

Many providers perform diagnostics like x-rays, mammography, ultrasound exams and bone density studies in their own offices. In-office tests are often (but not always) the best value. If your doctor offers you an in-office test, be sure to ask for and compare the price against the Fair Price with the Bluebook mobile app while you are there. If the quoted price is significantly more than the Fair Price, ask your doctor for a referral to another diagnostic testing facility that offers a better value.

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