• Bone Densitometry Screening

  • Bone Densitometry: A measure of bone mineral density (BMD) using light waves and enhanced X-ray equipment. The amount of light that is absorbed into the bone can be transferred to films and viewed by a specialist to determine which areas are more or less dense. The results help to identify the fragility of the bone to determine how likely it is to fracture. The bone densitometry technology uses absorptiometry - the measure of light absorption. At Littleton Adventist Hospital, our specialists in Bone Densitometry use the latest technology to measure the BMD of patients referred to us for an assessment. Noninvasive, dual X-ray beams with differing energy levels produce a detailed picture of the hips or lower spine. The process is quick, painless and results in clear images, which allow for a full assessment of bone health. Our doctors will provide you with a full explanation of what your personal results mean to you. They will give advice on how to maintain your bone health and help you to prevent fractures and other complications in your future.

    Bone densitometry might be recommended for the following:

    • Post-menopausal woman not using hormones
    • Tall or thin post-menopausal women (over 5'7'' or under 125 lbs.)
    • Men with conditions associated with bone loss
    • If using medications known to cause bone loss
    • Impaired vision, dementia, or rheumatoid arthritis
    • Thyroid conditions or type 1 diabetes
    • Signs of high bone turnover
    • Liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis
    • Fracture due to a mild impact
    • Vertebral fractures or hip fractures

    Excessive caffeine intake, smoking, and lack of physical activity, poor health, and use of oral contraceptives are some lifestyle risk factors that can contribute to bone loss.

    Bone Loss and Women
    Women are four times more likely to suffer from bone loss than men. The gradual decrease of calcium and bone structure change is termed osteoporosis and leads to the increased risk of bone fracture. This disease can occur at any age, but it is most common among post-menopausal women and those over the age of 50.

    Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass over time, resulting in bone fracture. There are no symptoms of this disease and the first indication may be a broken bone. Severe osteoporosis can reduce life expectancy and your overall quality of life. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help bone resorption or may recommend lifestyle changes, increased activity and vitamin D intake.

    If you are concerned about your bone health, talk with your physician. If your doctor agrees that you may benefit from a bone density scan, call us at Littleton Adventist Hospital. We are always happy to serve you.

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