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.
- 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.
- How much radiation does the accudxa2® expose me to?
The radiation exposure to the patient is less than 1% of a chest x-ray.
- How much does the accudxa2® cost?
CALL FOR PRICING. Financing is available through Lone Oak Medical Technologies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- My insurance company isn't reimbursing for the accudxa2®.
Medicare is required by Federal law to reimburse for bone density testing where medically necessary.
- How quickly can I get one?
Delivery is guaranteed within 4 weeks or less.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What are the dimensions?
The accudxa2® occupies less than 2 square feet of space.
- Do I need to calibrate the accudxa2®?
The machine is self-calibrating. A phantom is provided for the required quality control testing.
- How long does an accudexa exam take?
An entire accudxa2® exam takes less than 2 minutes. Scan time is less than 10 seconds.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.