Description of Medical ServiceThis proposal is for the provision of an MBS item number for bone densitometry by DXA scan to women and men with HIV infection, regardless of whether or not they are using anti-retroviral therapy.
DXA scanning is considered the gold standard for the purposes of identifying patients with low BMD, predominately due to cost-effectiveness and accessibility. It documents small changes in bone mass and can also be used to examine both the spine and the extremities
Description of Medical ConditionOsteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures (breaks or cracks) than in normal bone.
Fractures due to osteoporosis (osteoporotic fractures) can lead to changes in, muscle weakness, loss of height and bone deformity of the spine. Fractures can lead to chronic pain, disability, loss of independence and even premature death.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeInvestigative
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
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