BONE DENSITY

Bone Density is a safe and painless test used to determine the strength of your bones. Bone density testing is often performed to help diagnose osteoporosis or osteopenia. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, which can result in compression fractures of the spine or hip.

RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS:

  • Age: Risk of osteoporosis increases with age 
  • Gender: Risk of osteoporosis is higher with women than men, especially for women during menopause.
  • Race: Caucasians and Southeast Asian descent are at higher risk
  • Family History: Family history of osteoporosis increases your risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Frame Size: Thin or small framed people are at higher risk
  • Tobacco Use: the use of tobacco increases your risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Lifestyle: Chronic alcohol use, depression, excessive soda consumption, eating disorders, low calcium intake and sedentary lifestyle all increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.

BENEFITS:

This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone.

EQUIPMENT:

Gold Standard GE Lunar Prodigy DEXA Scanner

To schedule your procedure, contact Community Wide Scheduling at 573-883-4488.
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