Osteoporosis, or the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density, is the most common form of bone disease. Bone density testing helps you determine your bone health early so you can take steps to keep your bones healthy.
Osteoporosis, or the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density, is a silent underlying condition affecting some 25 million Americans, most of them women. Osteoporosis occurs over time, affecting about one out of five women over the age of 50. In men, bone mass also declines as a natural process of aging.
As there are no real external symptoms of bone loss, bone density scans are important. Bone density testing is an excellent way to detect early bone loss and monitor therapeutic effectiveness. National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines recommend bone density testing for:
Most people think of bone as a hard, permanent substance-the skeletal infrastructure of our bodies. Bone is dynamic and alive, supporting our muscles and protecting the body's inner organs and systems. People who have osteoporosis lose an excessive amount of bone, and their bones become fragile and weak.
Franciscan Health has the latest technology to identify osteoporosis in its earliest stage. Using the latest technology in bone density testing, we offer a 15-minute, non-invasive scan that can detect osteoporosis.
The scan is the most reliable method of assessing fracture risks in men and women. During bone density testing, you relax on a table as an electronic arm scans your body. Relatively quiet, the unit is not enclosed and does not touch the patient at any point. Patients can remain in their own clothes through the entire procedure. Once the scan is interpreted, the results are given to the patient's physician.
Armed with the proper information, a physician will review a patient's medical history and help shape a program to help reduce the effects of osteoporosis. A regimen may include calcium supplements, prescription medications and/or increased physical activity.