Bone Densitomitry or Bone Densitometry scan
Alt names: DEXA-scan, QDR-scan or BMD (bone mineral density) measurement
A bone densitometry scan is a special type of X-ray test used to measure the calcium content of the bone, usually in the lumbar region (the lower back) and the hips. It can can identify osteoporosis (when bones become less dense, lose strength and break more easily due to calcium loss) or osteopenia, a milder form of bone loss. There are a range of different procedures that can measure bone density.
In gynaecology, it is prescribed for women who have had a previous fracture or who are post-menopausal and concerned about osteoporosis.
X-Ray & Bone densitometry
A bone densitometry scan measures the calcium content in the bones, which cannot be evaluated in an ordinary X-ray. Although an X-ray may appear to show that the bones have a low calcium content, the information is unreliable, so someone with osteoporosis may have perfectly normal X-rays. An X-ray is far more reliable when it comes to detecting a recent bone fracture.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BONE DENSITY AND YOUR RISK OF GETTING OSTEOPOROSIS?
We are now able to offer a screening Bone Density Scan.
This is a simple and painless way of determining the thickness of
you bones and the results are then compared with those of a
healthy young adult at their peak bone mass.
This information can help diagnose osteoporosis or determine
whether you need to take steps to protect your bone health.
Normal bone is dense and strong; bone with osteoporosis has
thinned and become porous making it more likely to break.
Who should have a Bone Density Scan?
- Those with a family history of osteoporosis
- Women 45 and over especially if menopausal
- Post menopausal women who cannot take Oestrogen
Remember: PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Contact us on 09 4860182 to organise a scan