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We have provided this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to inform you of the most commonly requested facts regarding the accudxa2®. If your question is not listed, feel free to contact us at 1-888-818-4BMD and we would be happy to help you.
  1. What type of technology does the accudxa2® use? The accudxa2® utilizes dual-energy x-ray absorbtiometry (DXA), the standard in bone densitometry, to assess the bone mineral density (BMD) of the middle phalange of the third finger.
  2. How much radiation does the accudxa2® expose me to? The radiation exposure to the patient is less than 1% of a chest x-ray.
  3. How much does the accudxa2® cost? CALL FOR PRICING. Financing is available through Lone Oak Medical Technologies.
  4. Who is qualified to operate an accudxa2®? All MD's and radiation technologists can operate the accudxa2®. MD’s and DO's can supervise the operation by other office staff. In many states, nurse practitioners and other properly trained individuals can operate the device as well.
  5. What is the CPT billing code and how much do insurance companies reimburse? The accudxa2® is a highly affordable BMD assessment system. Medicare part B pays $28 – $30 (CPT code 77081) per test. If one doctor is performing the procedure and another doctor is interpreting the results, the service should include a modifier as 77081-TC and 77081-26 respectively. Plus, most private insurance companies reimburse slightly more – giving you the potential for a quick return on investment. The ease of use and short test time of the accudxa2® will help attract new patients.
  6. What ICD-9 (diagnosis codes) should I use when billing Medicare? ICD-9 codes vary from state to state. To determine what ICD-9 codes apply in your area, please contact your Medicare carrier.
  7. My insurance company isn't reimbursing for the accudxa2®. Medicare is required by Federal law to reimburse for bone density testing where medically necessary.
  8. How quickly can I get one? Delivery is guaranteed within 4 weeks or less.
  9. How well is the accudxa2® correlated to the hip and spine? The finger is correlated as well to the hip as the hip is to the spine.
  10. What is the precision and accuracy of the test? The precision in clinical subjects is within 1%. The accuracy error (SEE=1.8%) is lower than other peripheral and axial techniques.
  11. Does finger BMD predict fracture? There is clear evidence showing that the finger helps predict generalized fracture as well as other peripheral and axial techniques.
  12. What are the dimensions? The accudxa2® occupies less than 2 square feet of space.
  13. Do I need to calibrate the accudxa2®? The machine is self-calibrating. A phantom is provided for the required quality control testing.
  14. How long does an accudexa exam take? An entire accudxa2® exam takes less than 2 minutes. Scan time is less than 10 seconds.
  15. I am in the process of registering my accudxa2® with the state radiation board and require some help. The information necessary for registration is provided on page C of the User Manual. For convenience, this information is repeated below: Maximum X-ray current: 5 mA Part number: 00001 Serial number: Check the label on the back of your unit Scatter radiation: Less than 1 mR/hr at 1 meter distance Absorbed dose (Effective radiation): 3.76E-4 uSv per scan
  16. I am not getting repeatable results on my accudxa2®. Please be sure you are following the strict guidelines of finger placement as detailed in the user manual.
  17. How can the T score be higher than the Z score? The T-score database is comprised of young healthy normal (YHN) data from individuals aged 20-29. Peak bone mass occurs at age 30-40 in women and 40-50 in men.
  18. How do I Monitor Changes in Bone Mineral Density? A physician should compare results of BMD tests taken on a patient over a period of time with the reported accudxa2® precision. For more information measuring changes in BMD over time, please consult the accudxa2® Model 7200 User Guide.
  19. What printers are supported by the accudxa2? The list of printers supported by the accudxa2 changes frequently as new models come to market. Click here for a list of the printers supported by the most recent release of the software.