Vertebral Fracture Assessment is an evaluation of your entire spine done on the same machine as your DXA. The DXA test scans your lower spine. The VFA scans your lower and upper spine. The purpose is to look for fractures of the spine, since the majority of spine fractures do not cause any pain. If a fracture is found, your risk profile changes to high risk for another fracture.
Add Test to DXA Scan
If you are having a bone density scan, ask your doctor about including an assessment of your entire spine – a VFA. A VFA in combination with results of your DXA scan and risk factors will provide a more comprehensive picture of your bone health status.