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Bone Densitometry: Helps you prevent Osteoporosis

Strong Bones for a Strong Body

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones." It is a hidden and silent disease that makes bones so thin and fragile that everyday activities can cause bones to break. Half of all women past menopause either currently have osteoporosis or are at high risk of developing the disease. One in three postmenopausal women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Often called the "silent disease" because it doesn't produce symptoms until a fracture occurs, osteoporosis is a debilitating condition that can now be prevented and treated. The key is early symptom detection discovered through osteoporosis testing or Bone Densitometry.

Today, radiologists at Pavilion Imaging are better able to detect and treat bone loss in its earliest stages through bone density testing. There are also several drug therapies now available that have been shown to be effective in slowing or reversing the bone loss process. Your doctor may order a bone density test, or Bone Densitometry, to determine if you have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Bone Densitometry evaluates bone mineral density (BMD) to classify bone mass as normal, osteopenic, or osteoporotic. Pavilion Imaging utilizes Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), whereby selected bones are scanned with a harmless, low dose of radiation to measure BMD. The procedure is non-invasive and painless. Our imaging professionals will provide your doctor with information to help you maintain the health of your bones. Early detection begins at Pavilion Imaging with testing services using the Hologic Discovery QDR Series Bone Densitometry system. This state-of-the-art testing technology provides the information your physician needs to determine if you need to take specific steps now to protect your future bone health.

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