Osteoporosis is a significant loss of bone density and strength that affects millions of women and men in the United States. The only way to tell if you have osteoporosis is by measuring the bone mass through a specialized bone density test.
Bones have a thick outer wall that is very dense and strong. Inside normal bone is a spongy, honeycomb-like structure. In people with osteoporosis, the holes of the honeycomb are greatly enlarged, making the bone less dense. Not only does osteoporosis gradually weaken bones, making them prone to fractures, but the associated bone loss can be irreversible.
The best treatment for osteoporosis is prevention. Adequate calcium consumption and weight bearing exercise by adolescents and young adult women can increase bone mass, which can reduce bone loss and lower risk of fractures in later years.
A specialized test measures the bone density in various sites of the body. Bone density testing is a simple, painless, non-invasive procedure, using DEXA bone densitometry. The test uses a very small amount of radiation (less than one-tenth of a chest X-ray) to scan the spine, hip and sometimes forearm. The test will measure the bone mass and compare that number with a reference population whose age, sex and racial background are similar to yours. Periodic measurements may be useful in monitoring bone density.
During your visit to The Women's Center, a technologist will provide you with additional information about osteoporosis.
The Women's Center
Erskine Medical Office Building
2020 Meridian Street, Suite 150
Anderson, IN 46016
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For information: 765-646-8484
To schedule a test: 765-646-8284