Bones are made of calcium and protein. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin and can break easily, and it is a special threat to women. Symptoms of osteoporosis are back pain, loss of height, and a slight curving of the upper back. Some special conditions increase the risk of osteoporosis, such as menopause, removal of the ovaries, personal or family history of fracture, diet low in calcium, recent falls, lack of exercise, low body weight (< 127 pounds), poor health, dementia, some medications, alcohol and tobacco use, use of corticosteroids, and vision problems. Women who have any of these conditions should undergo screening for osteoporosis with DEXA scanning.
DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) is used to measure the bone density of your spine or hip. It is currently the most accurate test available. DEXA scanning is non-invasive and is easily performed with the patient lying on her back. The lowest possible dose of radiation is used (less than the amount of a chest X-ray), and the test takes only a few moments to perform. Our qualified technicians are certified to perform DEXA scans in the office, and the results are available immediately. DEXA scans can either be scheduled in conjunction with your annual exam, or separately.