Signs and Symptoms
The problem with detecting osteoporosis is there are no signs or symptoms until after a fracture has occurred. Most commonly, the bones of the lower back, hip and forearm are broken. Height loss, stooped posture, shortness of breath and pain are all possible indicators of these types of fractures.
With dedicated bone densitometry machines, we can now identify individuals who are at risk before fractures occur. Treatment programs can be implemented to protect bones from damage or injury.
Why be Concerned Now
Studies show that people who have suffered fractures due to osteoporosis are more likely to have another fracture, and complications can be fatal. It is estimated that a woman has a 40 percent chance of fracture from osteoporosis after age 50, and 20 percent of women with hip fractures will die within a year. This risk is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.
Early detection is the best way to protect yourself from the debilitating effects of osteoporosis. If you are found to be at risk for first or subsequent fractures, treatment programs are available. Your physician can help you with medication and lifestyle changes to improve the health of your bones or reduce your risk for further injury.
Bone Mineral Density
Your bone health can be assessed by the strength of your bones. A bone mineral density measurement will diagnose osteoporosis or determine if you are at risk for fractures. With a simple and safe scan, your bone density will be compared to the normal readings of young adults within your sex and race.
The INTEGRIS Southwest Breast Health & Imaging and INTEGRIS Comprehensive Breast Center use non-invasive state of the art digital technology to accurately measure and report your bone density.
Bone Density Scans
You will relax on a padded table, the technologist will position you accordingly and the machine will move over you while it scans. In a few minutes your exam will be complete; it is just that fast and easy.
Typically, your technologist will scan your hip and lower back. If these areas are not appropriate due to previous surgery or fracture, another body part will be scanned.