Osteoporosis is a condition where bone density decreases due to age, hormonal changes, calcium or vitamin D deficiencies, smoking, or other factors. As bone density decreases, the skeletal structure becomes more brittle and vulnerable to fractures. Women over the age of 50 are the most at risk, but osteoporosis affects over 50 million Americans of both sexes.
Advanced Medical Imaging offers an easy and effective scan that tests bone densitometry. This technology is a type of x-ray called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA). DXA is a quick and painless procedure for measuring bone mineral density. Measurement are most commonly taken of the spine and hip while the patient is lying down.
Patients concerned about their bone density should speak with their primary physician who can create a testing and treatment plan to help prevent fractures. Bone densitometry can also track the effects of treatment for osteoporosis.
Learn more about bone densitometry (DXA) screenings.
Osteoporosis can cause back pain due to spinal fractures. Patients with this type of pain should consider a nonsurgical Vertebroplasty procedure performed by an Interventional Radiologist.
Learn more about Vertebroplasty.