Our unique approach focuses on a thorough evaluation of the patient. We emphasize continuity of care and open lines of communication with medical providers as well as patients. We offer an onsite outpatient clinic staffed with dedicated bone health professionals and inpatient consultations on hospitalized patients.
All women should have a bone density test around the time they go through menopause. Adult women and men should consider bone density testing at any age if they have risk factors for osteoporosis. Health insurance will usually cover these tests.
During a DXA scan, you lie down for 3–5 minutes while a machine scans your body. It is completely painless. With this test you are exposed to a small amount of radiation—about one-tenth the amount in a normal chest X-ray.
This state-of-the-art medical image test is often performed simultaneously with your bone density test, especially if you have lost height or have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis. It is a view of your spine from your chest to your hips that can determine if you’ve had any previous compression fractures of your spine. About a third of these fractures go unnoticed by patients and discovering one may help guide your physician to address this important issue. In the long run, you may even prevent a future fracture.