A patient’s bone density can be measured and followed over time using the Lunar Bone Densitometer at Mission Regional Medical Center. If the bone density is low or decreases at an abnormally fast rate, the patient may be at risk for osteoporosis. The Densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip, and other bones, which are the most frequent sites of fracture.
Bone density tests, commonly called DEXA Scans, measure how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone. This test helps your healthcare provider detect osteoporosis and predict your risk of bone fractures.
As a woman gets older, her hormones change which can have an impact on not just the breasts, but also the bones. Protecting your bones will help you to live a longer, more active life. However, osteoporosis is not restricted to older women.