Swift Scanning will Help Catch Osteoporosis
POSTED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012 AT 4:44 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
Osteoporosis affects an average of 10 million Americans. Osteoporosis causes a decrease in bone density and an increased risk in bone fractures. In addition, women who are post-menopausal are at greater risk of the disease due to a loss of estrogen that normally supports bone growth.
Our bones are made of living and growing tissue. An outer shell of sponge like bone surrounds the bone. When bone weakens, the holes in this sponge like bone grow larger, weakening the internal structure of the bone. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize they have osteoporosis until their weak bones cause fractures or injury.
Though women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis, it is recommended that both men and women over the age of 65 have regular bone density scans. Women who are post-menopausal, current smokes, or have a family history of osteoporosis however, should consider being scanned as early as possible. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer the DEXA scan to help determine and monitor the mineral density of your bone for proper swift diagnosis of any lost bone.
Learn more about the bone density scan in Manhattan
During your Dexa Scan, our technicians at Park Avenue Radiologists will take measurements of you lower spine, hip, and sometimes the wrists. During your scan, you will be asked to lie still on the examination table while the machine passes over your body for accurate measurements. After your scan, you will receive a report in the form of two scores, a T score and a Z score.
T scores represent the amount of bone you have when compared with the peak bone density of a young adult. This will help estimate your risk of developing fracture. Similarly, the Z score will indicate the amount of bone loss you have compared to others in your age group of the same size and gender.
If you are a post-menopausal woman, have a history of smoking, have a family history of osteoporosis, or are taking medications known to cause bone loss, consider scheduling a bone density scan in Manhattan. Our doctors, staff, and technicians at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions you may have about your bone density scan in Manhattan. Contact our New York office at 212.888.1000 or request your appointment online today!
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