Colorado Center for Bone Research is a leading facility for diagnosis and treatment for osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Dr. Miller is internationally recognized as a leading specialist for metabolic bone disease including osteoporosis, and, as such, our office sees patients from throughout Colorado and patients from across and outside the United States.
To expedite your visit and to ensure that you and all patients are seen in a timely manner, we ask that you print and fill out our New Patient Forms. Please bring these forms to your first visit. If you do not have a printer to print the forms, you will be able to provide this information at our office. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment so that you have adequate time to fill out the forms.
ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED; INCLUDING ALL DOCTORS PHONE & FAX NUMBER. If THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED YOUR REPORT MAY NOT BE FAXED TO YOUR DOCTOR.
Please be sure to fill out and bring these forms to your first visit:
- New Patient Information
- Osteoporosis Patient Questionnaire
- Financial Policy
- Medication Form
- Also, bring your current insurance cards with you every time you come for an office visit. We will need to make copies of your card.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.
To determine the best course of treatment for each patient, we use a machine called a bone densitometer which, as its name implies, measures the density or thickness of your bones. Very thin or brittle bones fracture or break more easily than strong healthy bones. The densitometer test is done first, and then Dr. Miller reviews the results and treatment options with you. If you are scheduled to have the densitometer test, the results will be mailed to the doctor(s) of your choice within 3 to 4 weeks.
Here’s what you can expect from a densitometer test (or DXA):
- You will lie on a special table with a scanner arm that moves above you. This procedure only takes a few minutes. You will not be enclosed or feel anything, but you must lie quietly without moving.
- You will be asked to remove your clothing and will be given a gown and/or scrub pants to wear during the test.
- The DXA machine emits very, very little radiation, < 1/100th of a routine chest x-ray
- The DXA machine is also the most accurate way to measure body fat and muscle (body composition) which has many practical applications including assessments of body composition in patients following bariatric surgery or stomach bypass for obesity, and following patients who may have eating disorders or athletes monitoring their fat/muscle mass. If you are interested in Body Composition, this will take additional time. Please let the scheduling desk know you would like this measurement done. Body composition is not reimbursed by most insurance plans so it usually is a cash payment ($140 US).
If you have had previous density scans and/or recent lab work elsewhere, copies of those scans, the report which accompanies them and copies of the lab work MUST be received at our office at least one week prior to the time of your visit.