We use a state-of-the-art DXA Bone Densitometer: The Hologic Discovery C, a superior digital high resolution imaging system that offers instant vertebral assessment (IVA), assessment of prosthetic hips and electronic reporting with one page reports, interpretations and recommendations. The software on the Discovery C automatically compares the newest readings with readings acquired on previous visits.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility which may result in bone fractures.
Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects an estimated ten million Americans annually, 80% of whom are women over age 65. Approximately 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for the disease.
This bone-thinning disorder is responsible for one and a half million fractures each year at a cost of $15 billion for fracture care. Fifty thousand die each year due to complications related to osteoporosis; that’s why prevention, early detection and treatment are so very important.
In the past, conventional x-ray systems could not detect a potential problem until a patient had lost over 25-30% of bone density. Now, our highly sensitive densitometer can identify bone loss by measuring the amount of light received from a sample and displaying the result using a logarithmic output. This non-evasive procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes, is completely painless and provides your risk score in just a few minutes.
You may be a risk if you are:
- Small, thin framed
- Caucasian or Asian
- From a family with a history of osteoporosis
- Vitamin D and/or calcium deficient
- Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis
- Experienced premature menopause/hysterectomy
- Taking corticosteroid medications
- Prone to frequent falls
Certain lifestyle choices may impact the likelihood of you being at risk, including:
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
- A sedentary lifestyle