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On the Lookout for Osteoporosis

More than 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis — gradual weakening of the bones — including eight million women, while another 34 million have low bone mass and are at risk for developing the disease.. Once you reach age 50, your risk for developing the disease increases. Osteoporosis generally affects the bones of the hip, spine, and wrist, making them more susceptible to fracture if a fall occurs. People who aren't screened for osteoporosis may not even know they have the disease until they break a bone.  Early detection of osteoporosis is key to preventing fractures.

Our digital DEXA bone densitometry system measures bone density to accurately detect osteoporosis.  Bone densitometry is an ultra low-dose x-ray technology. 

Benefits of DEXA Scanning

The DEXA scanner precisely measures the density of bone in the most common fracture sites and can identify fracture risk in just 30 seconds.  In addition, the DEXA scanner can evaluate how a patient is responding to treatment for osteoporosis because it can track changes that were previously too small to accurately measure.  This procedure does require an order from your provider.  No special preparation is required for the evaluation.

Results of the test are sent to the patient's referring provider.

For more information about bone density services, or other diagnostic imaging services offered at Ashland Health Center, please call 620-635-2241, ext. 225.

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