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What is vfa (vertebral fracture assessment)?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Osteoporosis test

It is a low radiation dose test (less than standard x-ray; also less expensive) that can assess people at risk for low energy spine fractures.
The presence of such fractures puts one at risk for additional fractures; not all hurt at the time, so earlier detection may guide treatment. An osteoporosis specialist may use it. At 22, you most likely do not need it.

In brief: Osteoporosis test

It is a low radiation dose test (less than standard x-ray; also less expensive) that can assess people at risk for low energy spine fractures.
The presence of such fractures puts one at risk for additional fractures; not all hurt at the time, so earlier detection may guide treatment. An osteoporosis specialist may use it. At 22, you most likely do not need it.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: VFA

The process of evaluation for vertebral fractures using qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative morphometric methods is called vertebral fracture assessment and provides information regarding a person’s fracture risk.
This improves overall assessment of an individual’s future fracture risk and allows for proper intervention. Guidelines are established for men and women to undergo vfa.

In brief: VFA

The process of evaluation for vertebral fractures using qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative morphometric methods is called vertebral fracture assessment and provides information regarding a person’s fracture risk.
This improves overall assessment of an individual’s future fracture risk and allows for proper intervention. Guidelines are established for men and women to undergo vfa.
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan
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