The VirtuOst Tests
VirtuOst BCT measures bone strength and bone mineral density at the hip and/or spine. This information can be used by a physician to assess fracture risk, identify osteoporosis, and monitor therapy.
VirtuOst VFA identifies and grades existing vertebral fractures. This information is used to identify patients at high risk of a future osteoporosis-related fracture and can be interpreted by a physician to diagnose existing vertebral fractures and manage patients for osteoporosis. This test is only available as an add-on option to VirtuOst BCT.
Eligible CT Scans: For both tests, VirtuOst utilizes CT (CAT) scans that capture the hip or lower spine. VirtuOst cannot be performed on X-Ray, DXA, MRI, ultrasound, or other non-CT images. Typically, the CT scan has been taken already for some other medical reasons and is being re-purposed for BCT. For details, refer to VirtuOst CT Scan Selection.
Reimbursement: Both tests are reimbursed by Medicare when reasonable and necessary for the patient’s care. Learn more about coding and reimbursement for BCT.
How to Order VirtuOst
VirtuOst is available upon a doctor's or qualified medical professional’s prescription order and can be ordered in two ways.
Ordering VirtuOst from the O.N. Diagnostics Medicare-enrolled IDTF. Physicians anywhere in the United States can order VirtuOst via the O.N. Diagnostics IDTF (Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility). The process is simple: send the completed VirtuOst Order form, along with the CT scan (or the scan facility information) to the O.N. Diagnostics IDTF. Results are usually returned within 1–2 days of receipt of the CT scan. Order VirtuOst here.
Ordering VirtuOst from Partnering Providers. VirtuOst can also be provided by select hospitals and non-hospital imaging facilities that partner with O.N. Diagnostics. Please check with your local provider to see if they offer VirtuOst BCT. If you are a healthcare provider who would like to offer VirtuOst BCT, please Contact Us.
Regardless of how VirtuOst is ordered, all tests are performed by state-licensed bone densitometry technicians at the O.N. Diagnostics centralized testing facility, which adheres to Medicare's IDTF Performance Standards, 42 C.F.R. section 410.33. This guarantees uniformly high quality of all tests performed.