Provena Saint Joseph Hospital provides bone mineral density testing, with a doctor’s prescription. Using an advanced General Electric Luner bone density unit, we perform quick and painless dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), the preferred method for measuring bone density. Your results allow us take these important steps:
- Establish a baseline for future testing to determine changes in your bone density
- Determine if and when your bones begin to lose mineral content
- Predict fracture risk, just as measuring blood pressure can help predict your risk of stroke
- Take necessary action to stop and even reverse mineral loss if a diagnosis is made, choosing from many available treatment options
Shrinking, especially in postmenopausal women, usually results from a loss of bone density. Some 40 percent of postmenopausal women in the United States have osteopenia (low bone density). Another 7 percent have osteoporosis, reduced bone density that predisposes a person to fractures.
We can’t stress enough the importance of early detection. Using a simple bone mineral density (BMD) test, you can discover and minimize problems and lead a perfectly normal life. We recommend BMD testing for women ages 50-65 with risk factors, all women over the age of 65, and men and women taking specific medications or who have certain medical conditions.
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