Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants offers bone densitometry testing to determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a potentially crippling disease characterized by the loss of bone tissue and increases your risk of fracture.
Osteoporosis has often been called the “silent” disease because it doesn’t produce symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Approximately 50% of women over age 50 are at risk of sustaining an osteoporotic fracture.
Bone densitometry, using an advance technology called DXA (short for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) safely, accurately and painlessly measures bone density and the mineral content of bone.
During a bone evaluation with DXA, the patient lies comfortably still on a padded table while the DXA unit scans one or more areas, usually the fracture-prone spine or the hip.
Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone densitometry is extremely low.
Are You At Risk?
Your chances of developing osteoporosis are greater if you are female and answer “yes” to any of the following:
Please ask your physician about Bone Densitometry.
• Light skinned
• Thin or small framed
• Approaching or past menopause
• A cigarette smoker or drink alcohol in excess
• Taking thyroid medication or steroid-based drugs for asthma, arthritis or cancer
Do you have…?
• A family history of osteoporosis
• Chronic intestinal disorders
• A sedentary lifestyle