Bone Mineral Density Testing
Screening for Osteoporosis
Evangelical believes in proactive osteoporosis screening. Our procedure, DEXA scanning with our Hologic Elite Unit, offers accurate test results and annual measurement/evaluation of drug therapy effectiveness for those on osteoporosis medication.
Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, is often called the "silent disease" because it occurs without any symptoms. It affects approximately eight million American women and two million men. However, identifying risk factors and getting tested can help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of this disease.
Osteoporosis risk factors include:
- Being female
- Having a thin or small build
- Being advanced in age
- Having a family history of osteoporosis
- Being postmenopausal
- Eating a low calcium diet
- Taking certain medication such as steroids or anticonvulsants
- Being a male with a low testosterone level
- Leading a non-active lifestyle
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Being of the Caucasian or Asian background
Evangelical offers an osteoporosis clinic every Tuesday at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. To make an appointment or learn more, please call Evangelical Community Hospital at (570) 522-2000.
More Bone Density Testing information is available at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.