DEXA Bone Density Testing
Bone density testing is used to diagnose Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a silent disease that weakens bone leaving you at risk for fragile or broken bones.
Many people think that calcium supplements and exercise are enough to avoid Osteoporosis. That is not always the case. Discuss your risk factors with your physician to see if you should be screened.
January 18, 2011 - Women past the age of menopause who are at risk of osteoporosis should receive regular bone density screening, according to guidelines issued this week by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The new guidelines should make screening available to younger women compared to the task force's previous policy.
Risk Factors for Women:
- Post-menopausal women
- Early onset of menopause
- Family history of Osteoporosis
- Low body weight
- Low estrogen levels
- Caffeine intake
- Family history of fractures
- Poor diet / low in calcium
Risk Factors for Men:
- Prolonged use of steroids
- Low calcium intake
- Inadequate physical exercise
- Low testosterone levels
UPMC Chautauqua WCA now offers bone density testing with a DEXA scan unit. The DEXA unit offers quick easy testing with less radiation. We will even coordinate your DEXA scan with your Mammogram appointment, if you wish.
Please talk to your doctor about Osteoporosis screening.
Call (716) 664-8440 to schedule an appointment.