osteoporosis tests

Osteoporosis results in more than one million hip, spine and wrist fractures annually. This disorder affects nearly one-half of all postmenopausal women, the largest group at risk for osteoporosis.

Research in osteoporosis, the disorder in which progressive bone loss results in increased risk of fracture, is making important new advances. A key factor in the success has been the availability of new and improved equipment to measure bone density.

OLBH has available to patients the best precision in diagnosing osteoporosis and bone disease. The DEXA-scan bone densitometer offers up to 40 percent more accuracy compared to competing bone densitometers.

Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses bone faster than it can be replaced. When bones become weak and have a greater likelihood of breaking, hip or other fractures become a risk. OLBH's DEXA-scan identifies the density of bones to determine risk for osteoporosis, fractures and broken bones.  A bone scan using the DEXA-scan is similar to an x-ray. The process is quick (approximately 10-20 minutes) and painless. A patient relaxes on a cushioned bed during the scan. A bone density test is recommended every one to two years to measure changes in bone density. Women in particular are susceptible, as four out of five people with osteoporosis are women. Annually, women suffer more fractures due to osteoporosis than they do heart attacks, strokes and cases of breast cancer combined.

OLBH offers a full range of services to help ease the risks of osteoporosis and to diagnose and treat the disease. For information on osteoporosis and how to receive a DEXA-scan, contact the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273).

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