Bone densitometry

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*A single exam per year.

Bone densitometry measures bone density (osteoporosis study).

What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes thinning and weakening of the bones. Normally, bone tissue renews itself through a process where the oldest tissue is eliminated and replaced by new tissue. In osteoporosis, the old bone tissue is not replaced by enough new bone tissue, resulting in loss of bone mass or bone density, which in turn can lead to fractures after a slight sprain or a fall. Such bone fractures are called fragility fractures.

What osteoporosis is not:
Osteoporosis is not necessarily a normal consequence of aging. Osteoporosis is often called the "silent thief" because most people do not know that the quality of their bones is deteriorating until they suffer their first fracture. Unfortunately, after the first fracture occurs, the risk of having more fractures increases considerably.

Osteoporotic fractures can occur in any bone, but the most common sites are the vertebral column (spine), the hip (e.g., after a fall) and the wrist (e.g., while extending an arm to break a fall).

Vertebral fractures can go unnoticed until they cause a loss in height or a stooped posture. These changes occur because bones in the spine (vertebrae) are gradually crushed and shrink. This type of fracture is not always painful.

Only one third of all vertebral fractures are brought to the attention of a physician.

Prevention is an important goal because it helps to minimize the risk of osteoporosis. This includes an understanding of who is at greater risk of osteoporosis and establishing treatment quickly to prevent the disease. If the person already has osteoporosis, then early treatment is essential to prevent fractures.

• Age of 65 and over
• Caucasian or Asian race
• Thin build
• Early menopause
• Smoking
• Alcohol consumption
• Calcium-deficient diet
• Lack of exercise
• Family history of osteoporosis

Upon arrival, our staff welcomes you to check-in for your exam on the ground floor.

For this exam, the patient lies down comfortably. The images are usually taken at the lumbar spine and hip level. The measurements obtained for bone density are analyzed by the radiologist. No injection is required for this exam.

Preparation :
Do not take any calcium supplements 48 hours before the exam.

Do not take any exam using coloring (barium or nuclear medicine exam) for 10 days before the exam.
When arriving for your appointment, make sure you have:
  • The original signed request from your doctor.
  • Your health insurance card to check in for your appointment.
  • Lumbar spine x-rays less than six months old on CD.

Please arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for parking and check-in.

Exam duration: About 15 minutes
Digital device: Lunar PRODIGY
Copy of images: upon request, images are copied onto a CD at a cost $10 per copy.
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CD $10
Report copy  $5 standard
Price subject to change without notice
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