Bone Density Testing and TBS

Bone density testing, also called DXA or bone densitometry, is a safe and painless way to determine the health of your bones. DXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density.

We are now able to perform Trabecular Bone Score (TBS). This additional analysis reveals the quality of the spine bones and can help in deciding on the best management options for you.

Our Professional Staff
David B. Karpf, MD
Kyla Kent, CBDT
Lani Simpson, DC, CCD

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1814 Franklin Street, Suite 620 
Oakland, CA 94612

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Accepted Insurance

DXA Physician Order Form if you would like to have order forms mailed to you, please call 510-832-2663


Accepted Insurance

Alameda Alliance
Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO and Covered California
Community Health Center Network (CHCN)
First Health (Capitol)
United Healthcare

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an appointment for a DXA scan?

Yes, appointments are required.  

How long will it take to get my results?

Comprehensive results along with recommendations are sent within two weeks of your appointment. We will send a report to your doctor’s office and send you a copy either by mail or encrypted e-mail.

Will my insurance cover this test?
Insurance coverage varies plan. Many plans have strict medical necessity rules for special exams. Our staff is equipped with generalized coverage information and will make every effort to answer your questions, but you are responsible for checking with your insurance to guarantee coverage. Contact your member services department for plan-specific coverage information as it applies to DXA scans.

Do I need an authorization for this test?

Most insurance companies do not require prior authorization for a DXA.
• Patients who have HealthPac insurance must have authorization prior to their appointment and must be seen within the authorized dates.
• Patients who have Community Health Center Network (CHCN) must have authorization if the patient is under the age of 65.

If the exam is performed without prior authorization, we cannot assure payment from your insurance company.

I do not have insurance but my doctor recommends a bone density test. What should I do?

We understand the importance of bone density tests and we do our best to accommodate all who are in need of them. A cash discount is offered to patients who must pay out-of-pocket. Please ask about our discount while scheduling your appointment and a staff member will provide more information.

The Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education trains bone density technicians who are required to perform bone density tests as a part of their clinical training. Volunteer patients over the age of 45 are needed during our training courses. Call us to put your name on the waiting list for our next free DXA clinic.