What is VFA?
A special imaging test can be done to help identify broken bones of the spine (vertebral fractures). This test is known as Vertebral Fracture Assessment or VFA. VFA is a quick and easy way to help identify if you have any fractures or broken bones in your spine. This is different from a bone mineral density (BMD) test which measures the density, or thickness, of your bones. Your BMD can help determine if you are likely to have a bone break (fracture) in the future. BMD and VFA tests can be performed during the same visit.
Why would I need to have VFA?
A vertebral fracture or broken spine bone increases your risk of a future fracture. People with spine fractures are likely to need a treatment for osteoporosis. It is important to identify if you currently have or had a spine fracture because it helps your healthcare provider select the proper treatment for you.
How much radiation is used to do a VFA?
VFA will result in less radiation exposure than a standard x-ray.