Having low bone bass puts people at risk for severe injuries. According to research, approximately 400,000 hospitalizations in 1995 were linked to osteoporosis-related fractures. Many of the incidents could have been prevented with early detection, testing and treatment. Both men and women over 50 are at risk of developing the condition. A simple test like the dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) can provide access to prescription therapy and the proper treatment plan.
Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting millions of people in the United States. It’s estimated that 40 million people are currently living with the condition or are at risk of developing a condition. One in two women age 50 or older is at risk of getting the condition. Diagnosing the condition early on minimizes chances of severe complications later on down the line. A DXA scan is a simple test that is critical to diagnosing the condition.
SouthLake OB/GYN and Advanced Surgery in Clermont, offers DXA scans to help diagnose osteoporosis. Our medical staff can help guide you through the process and can answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment, contact SouthLake OB/GYN today.
Understanding the process
Bone density testing is best performed with dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. One scanning method requires a person to lie on his or her back on a table. The second method involves the use of smaller machines enabled by the same technologies to test the wrist, finger or heel of the body. DXA is performed on the spine and the ribs. In some cases, the entire body is scanned with the technology. The goal of the test is to identify low bone mass areas in the body and determine your risk of getting fractures. The entire procedure only lasts five minutes.
Why is it used?
A bone density test is used to diagnose osteoporosis. It identifies the true mass of the bone. The ideal time frame to detect the condition is before an actual fracture occurs. The risk evaluation method gauges the chances of breaking a bone and developing osteoporosis.
Who should get a scan performed?
It is estimated that 40 percent of postmenopausal women in the U.S. have osteopenia. An additional 17 percent of women have full-blown osteoporosis. Bone density testing is performed on people who are age 50 or older. Those most at risk for developing the condition are age 65 or older. Women who are approaching menopause should also consider having the scans performed. The BMD exam is also beneficial to people with certain types of conditions. A physician can make recommendations based on the person’s independent health circumstances.
Risk factors for developing the condition
Women and men can get the condition, but women are more likely to get the condition. Smaller women are at a greater risk of having the condition. Age is also another factor. Having a family history of osteoporosis will also increase the chances of developing the condition. The condition is also more prevalent among both white and Asian women. Smoking, drinking, and nutritional deficiencies increase risks.