Osteoporosis Bone Density Scan
Osteoporosis is a condition most commonly found in women after they reach menopause. The condition causes a gradual loss of calcium in the body. This means bones become thinner and more fragile.
Radiology Consultants provides a bone density scan (DXA) to those who are at risk for osteoporosis. A DXA uses an enhanced form of x-ray technology that can measure bone loss. This procedure can determine if you need therapy for osteoporosis by assessing your risk for a fracture. DXA is normally performed on the lower spine and hips. It is quick, painless, and is usually an outpatient procedure.
You may need a DXA if:
- You are post-menopausal and aren’t taking estrogen.
- You have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking.
- You are post-menopausal and are tall or thin.
- You are a man with a condition that causes bone loss.
- You are using medications that cause bone loss.
- You have Type 1 diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or have a family history of osteoporosis.
- You have a thyroid condition.
- You have had a fracture after a mild trauma.
- You show other signs of osteoporosis.
If your doctor recommends a DXA, give us a call today to set up an appointment. The sooner you can start therapy, the sooner your bones will be protected.