What can a Bone Density (DEXA) reveal?
This imaging test is useful to assess bone strength and chances of breaking a bone, fractures, and diagnosing osteoporosis or osteoperia. Learn more
Welcome to LabFinder.com’s technological functionality for the MinuteMed service, conducted by Physician On Call, P.C.
THE MINUTEMED SERVICE IS CONDUCTED BY THIRD PARTY PROFESSIONALS WHO UTILIZE OUR TECHNOLOGY TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU.
Payment is owed to Physician on Call, P.C. for the review of whether you qualify for an order. Orders expire after 90 days. Payment is non-refundable regardless of whether (i) you actually get the text/exam done and (ii) you permit a practitioner to speak with you about your results after the test/exam. YOU AGREE TO LOOK SOLELY TO PHYSICIAN ON CALL, P.C. and NOT to LabFinder, LLC for any disputes regarding such payment and services. LABFINDER, LLC is not responsible to the telehealth services rendered by such third party. We are purely a technological platform facilitating the communications.
II. The App
The “App” means the LabFinder website and associated mobile application for the MINUTEMED service (the “App”).
Independent Practitioners. LabFinder is NOT a healthcare provider. All of the treating healthcare practitioners who license our technology to connect directly with you are independent professionals solely responsible for the services each provides to you. LabFinder does not practice medicine, nursing or any other licensed profession, and does not interfere with the practice of medicine or any other licensed profession by providers licensing our technology, each of whom is responsible for his or her services and compliance with the requirements applicable to his or her profession and license. Neither LabFinder nor any third parties who promote the App or provide you with a link or access to the App shall be liable for any professional advice you obtain from a treating practitioner.
No Guaranty of Availability or Service. We are not responsible or liable for any failure, unavailability or inability of a licensee healthcare provider to be able to directly schedule with you via the App, which may because of the unavailability of a practitioner licensee in your geographic area or because of the time frame for or type of requested service. The licensed practitioners operate independently and reserve the sole right to refuse or decline to provide their services to any particular user.
Agreement with Practitioners. Users may be required to agree to additional agreements and complete forms provided by practitioners before they provide services to the users. We will integrate such third party practitioner agreements/forms with our App at our discretion, but are not responsible for the content thereof.
Terminating a Scheduled Consultation. Users and practitioners are in complete control over whether a service is completed. A user may refuse to receive services from a practitioner and a practitioner may refuse to provide services to a user, even after agreeing to perform the service via the App, in either of their sole judgments. Any payment to us, however, is non-refundable. The App is not intended to be used for any illegal purposes and LabFinder will cooperate fully with any law enforcement investigation. Practitioners may also choose not to perform a service when a user is unwilling to sign any necessary agreements.
LabFinder Does Not Itself Provide Medical or Clinical Advice. LabFinder and the App do not give medical or clinical advice. LabFinder is not a healthcare practitioner and is not a medical or nursing organization, hospital, healthcare provider, or employer or contracting provider of medical or clinical professionals or services. The App may provide helpful information and functionality to assist you in clinical decision-making or to find and connect with a practitioner App technology licensee. You assume full risk and responsibility for the use of information you obtain from or through the App by the licensed healthcare professionals utilizing the technology to communicate with you. Practitioners, and not LabFinder, will be solely responsible for the services they independently provide either themselves or through their own owners, employees and/or agents. In addition, we do not recommend or endorse the credentials, quality or qualifications of any practitioners or health-related products, items, or services. LabFinder is not responsible or liable for any referral or recommendation of a third party, product or supply made by a practitioner.
No Patient Relationship. Your use of the App does not create a patient relationship with LabFinder. You should consult with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs concerning your specific medical issues. Telemedicine consults by third party practitioner licensees of our App are not a substitute for in-person examination by a qualified healthcare professional.
Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of information you read on the App.
Medical Emergency. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. The App is not intended for emergency situations.
Practitioner Screening. We take steps to learn about individuals who apply to license and use the App as a practitioner. We may accept or deny such individuals from using the App as a practitioner, in our sole judgment. We are not responsible or liable for the conduct of any users of the App, including any services provided by practitioners. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify of us of inappropriate or illegal conduct or content you encounter on the App.
1. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THE APP OR OF PRACTITIONERS, OR OF PRACTITIONER’S QUALIFICATIONS OR BACKGROUND.
2. When using the App, you agree you will not cause nuisance, annoyance, inconvenience, or offense to anyone.
3. In certain instances, we may require you to provide proof of identity to access or use the App, and you may be denied access or use of the App if you refuse to provide proof of identity.
III. Purchases and Subscriptions
Fees. The App will provide mechanisms for direct payment to practitioners and, as applicable, to us. You authorize LabFinder to initiate payment with our payment processors.
No Refund Policy. All payments to us and to practitioners are final. LabFinder and practitioners will not be required to refund any such fees. You may contact us at email@example.com with respect to any dispute of our own charges.
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We appreciate hearing from our users and welcome your comments regarding the App. Please be advised, however, that if you send us creative ideas, suggestions, inventions, or materials (“creative ideas”), we shall:
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10. use or access the App if you are (or are employed or engaged by) a competitor of LabFinder, except with our prior written consent, which we may withhold in our sole discretion and without explanation;
11. use or access the App for purposes of monitoring its availability, performance or functionality, or for any other benchmarking or competitive purposes;
12. use the App in an illegal way or to commit an illegal act in relation to the App or that otherwise results in fines, penalties, and other liability to LabFinder or others; or
13. access the App from a jurisdiction where it is illegal or unauthorized.
If you wish total anonymity for a specific test or condition, you may use an alias so that your information is kept separate and apart from any other identifying information that we may have under your true name in our system.
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Changes to the App. We may change, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the App at any time, including hours of operation or availability of the App or any feature, without notice or liability.
User Disputes with Practitioners. We are not responsible for any disputes or disagreements between you and any third party you interact with using the App, including practitioners providing consultation and services hereunder. LabFinder will not be performing any claims adjustment services, auditing the performance of healthcare services (or the appropriateness or correctness of any charges from healthcare providers/suppliers if ever applicable), or handling any disputes among such providers/suppliers and users. You assume all risk associated with dealing with such practitioners and other third parties. You agree to resolve disputes directly with the other party. You waive and release LabFinder from all claims, demands, and damages in disputes among users of the App and with such practitioners. You also agree not to involve us in such disputes. All fees for our own technological facilitation, software and other services are NON-REFUNDABLE. Use caution and common sense when using the App.
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Effective Date: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2019
Last Updated Date: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2019
What is a Bone Density test?
A Bone Density test commonly known as DEXA or DXA is used to diagnose osteoporosis (a condition resulting in the weakness of bones) and a personâs risk of vertebral fractures. DEXA helps estimate the density of your bones and the chances of breaking a bone. DEXA/DXA uses a small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the spine, hip, or forearm to measure bone density. Explore This Article:
Who should get a Bone Density test?
Osteoporosis targets women much more often than men, and it becomes more common after menopause and with advancing age. As a result, health care providers recommend bone density testing for women who have been through menopause and are at least 65 years old. In addition, there are certain characteristics that put people at higher risk for fracture, so health care providers sometimes recommend testing in men or women younger than 65 years, who have one or more risk factors. Factors that increase a personâs risk of fracture and may lead to earlier bone density testing include: Cigarette smoking Long-term use of steroid (glucocorticoid) medications such as prednisone Low body weight (less than 127 lbs or 58 kg) Rheumatoid arthritis History of a nontraumatic or low trauma bone fracture in self or parents (e.g. breaking a bone after falling from standing height or less) Excessive alcohol consumption (three or more servings a day) A disorder strongly associated with osteoporosis, such as diabetes, untreated hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, early menopause, chronic malnutrition or malabsorption, or chronic liver disease In case there is evidence of bone disease or bone weakness, your doctor may also suggest you take the Vitamin D 25-OH test to check for vitamin D deficiency. In addition, if you have swelling or pain in and around your joints, your doctor may even advise you take the Rheumatoid Arthritis Factor test.
Is radiation involved in a DEXA scan?
Yes. The amount of radiation thatâs used is minimal, amounting to roughly the same radiation that an average person gets from the environment in a day.
How is a DEXA scan performed?
During the DEXA scan, you will have to lie on a flat, open X-ray table. A large scanning arm will be moved slowly over your body and a narrow beam of low-dose X-rays will pass through the part of your body being examined, which is usually your hip and lower spine. Multiple images will be taken and displayed on a monitor. You will be instructed to hold your breath for a few seconds while the x-ray images will be taken, to reduce the possibility of blurred images.
How long does a DEXA scan take?
The complete DEXA/ bone density scan, from positioning to obtaining and verifying the images, takes about 15-20 minutes.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Women who are or may be pregnant should tell their doctor prior to the exam. There is no fasting required. There is some risk of radiation exposure. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
When will I receive my results?
Once the Bone Density scan is completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.