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Bone Density

Osteoporosis can be devastating. That’s why it’s important to complete a simple procedure known as bone density testing. A bone density test shows your physician the strength and density of your bone tissue. Catching bone loss early can help you prevent further bone loss and osteoporosis. The test is simple and noninvasive.

Osteoporosis affects 50 percent of women past menopause. But there is good news. When diagnosed early, Osteoporosis can be treated effectively and even prevented.

So how do know if you have osteoporosis? The first step is to ask your doctor. Today's technology makes it possible to measure bone mass and assess your risk. At King's Daughters', we're particularly excited about the newest advance in osteoporosis detection. This new test includes a 10-second spine fracture evaluation, allowing doctors to see existing fractures previously unseen by traditional bone density testing.

Armed with this new technology, your doctor can help reduce your risk of future spinal fractures associated with osteoporosis. Bone densitometry, using technology called DXA, accurately measures bone mineral density. Radiation exposure is extremely low. The entire process takes just a few minutes to complete, and involves no injections or invasive procedures. Patients remain fully clothed.

To assess your risk of osteoporosis, you may view or download a Risk Assessment (PDF).

You may also view a Patient Brochure about Bone Density testing (PDF). The brocure provides information about how bone density testing works and how you may benefit.

To learn more, ask your doctor, or call Medical Imaging at 812-801-0878. You may also search Osteoporosis in our online Health Library.

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