Diagnostic Imaging

Bone Densitometry

Bone Density has become the gold standard for measuring the density of your bones, sometimes referred to as a DEXA scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry).  

Bone Density is the test for evaluation of osteoporosis (the results of your exam are compared to others whose sex and ethnic background are similar to yours).  The measurement of bone minerals is very closely related to bone strength and your potential for bone fractures.

As women age, along with many other health issues, their risk factors for osteoporosis increase. 

The following is a list of the most common risk factors:

•    Postmenopausal (no longer have a period)
•    Early menopause (before age 45)
•    Surgical menopause (removal of uterus and/or ovaries)
•    Age
•    Previous fracture
•    Family history of osteoporosis
•    Certain medications (including steroids and thyroid hormones)
•    Caucasian/Asian descent
•    Thin or small build
•    Eating disorders
•    Smoking
•    Alcohol abuse
•    Inactive lifestyle
•    Inadequate calcium intake


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