The test is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects millions of people every year. However, early detection of this disease can lead to effective treatment and prevent fractures in the future.
Bone density examinations are comfortable, fast and safe. Patients typically spend only minutes reclining fully-clothed on the densitometer. Radiation exposure is very low (equivalent to 1/20th of the dosage received in a normal chest x-ray). A certified technician is with the patient at all times, and results are available quickly.
Many factors affect bone strength, including heredity, diet, cigarettes, alcohol, menopause, certain drugs such as Prednisone, excercise and gastrointestinal disorders. Bone mass measurement should be obtained in every woman who has had a fracture or any of the above predisposing factors.
Bone density scans are performed in the St. Mary Breast Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 215-710-2208, or request an appointment online.