At Health Scan Imaging, a highly sensitive, affordable, noninvasive and painless test is available to check for osteoporosis or “soft bones”. The test is known as DXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) or bone densitometry. DXA is actually a sophisticated form of x-ray technology that can be used to precisely measure bone loss, or osteoporosis.
Over 30 million Americans (usually women) are affected with this condition, which causes bones to become brittle and fragile, resulting in fractures (especially spine and hip fractures) from even mild trauma. Importantly, there is a 50 percent chance of dying within one year from complications related to an osteoporosis related hip fracture!
Take home message: if you are in the following risk categories, get tested and treated:
- If you have type I diabetes, or a family history of Type I diabetes
- If you have taken steroid medication for prolonged periods
- If you are postmenopausal and not taking estrogen
- If you have a history of fracture from mild trauma
- If x-rays showed a vertebral fracture or signs of osteoporosis.
- If you are a postmenopausal woman who is tall (over 5’7”) and thin