Bone loss and bone densitometry
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle as growth of new bone does not keep up with loss of old bone. Older women, especially those who are past menopause, are especially susceptible to this condition. As bones weaken, women may notice more frequent back pain, stooping posture and loss of height. Bones can become so brittle that a minor fall or even mild stress, such as bending over, can lead to broken bones, especially hips, legs and wrists.
Medications, healthy diet and exercise using weights can help with strengthening bones and may even prevent some bone loss. Since there are generally no symptoms to tell you when you may be in the early stages of bone loss, it’s important to work with your doctor to learn how to keep bones healthy and to identify when you may need additional care.
Bone density scanning is a process that allows doctors to measure bone loss before it becomes problematic. Your test results may be able to assess your risk of fractures based on the amount of bone loss detected.
At Stark Women’s Center we use dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), an advanced x-ray technology that uses a low dose of radiation to measure bone density. It is a non-invasive procedure and is the most accurate way for doctors to diagnose osteoporosis at its earliest stages and determine your risk for fracture. It is a simple procedure with no side effects, and it can be completed in 30 minutes or less in most cases.
The DEXA is comprised of a central device, which measures bone density in the hip and spine, and a peripheral device, which measures the finger, hand, and foot. Your doctor may also recommend a lateral vertebral assessment to screen for potential fractures in the vertebrae.
During your testing you will complete a questionnaire regarding your lifestyle, medications and family history. Combined with your test results, this information helps your doctor determine the best course of action to minimize your risk of fracture. Tests are conducted by our trained technicians and analyzed by radiologists in conjunction with our doctors.
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Randall Starcher, MD
Jason Hoppe, DO
Megan Staub, MD
Diane Kreitzer, NP
Julianne Yang Kar, MD
Sunitha Jagadish, MD
Melissa Vassas, DO
Eldy Lazaroff, NP