Bone density testing
Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide. Osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable and testing is safe and non-invasive.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
A bone density test with DEXA is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. A DEXA scan is painless, takes only a few minutes to complete, and the radiation dose is extremely low. Bone density testing provides advanced diagnostic tools to support early detection and treatment of osteoporosis.
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men 50 years of age and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- Women or men, 50 years of age and older
- Postmenopausal women
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Insufficient calcium and vitamin D intake
- Broken bones or height loss
- Inactive lifestyle
- Low body weight/being small and thin
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Consuming too much protein, sodium, and caffeine
- Certain medications and diseases
- Smoking and excessive alcohol intake
- Rapid weight loss
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if:
- You are a woman age 65 or older or a man age 70 or older
- You break a bone after age 50
- You are a woman of menopausal age (average age 51) with risk factors
- You are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors
- You are a man age 50-69 with risk factors
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your primary care provider for a referral to have a bone density scan.
Have you had your bone density tested? As your provider to schedule your bone density exam close to home, at Crossing Rivers Health.
Our DEXA system does more
We're proud to offer the latest in bone densitometry technology with a system that measures bone density, a complete fracture risk assessment, and more.
A 15-second single energy femur scan to detect incomplete atypical femur fractures.
The HD Instant Vertebral Fracture™ assessment dramatically improves the detection of vertebral fractures by doubling the resolution of previously available techniques with a low dose, single-energy image.
Detects calcified plaque in the abdominal aorta, which can be a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke.
Provides a more comprehensive way to measure body composition including % body fat, total lean mass, bone density, limb comparison for muscle imbalance detection, visceral fat, and more.
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