Know your risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture

A 10-minute scan will accurately determine your bone density and your risk of fracture. Relax in your everyday clothes. No IVs or dye injections are required. Advanced equipment significantly reduces radiation.

Why bone density matters

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because symptoms do not show until there has been significant bone loss. Bone loss substantially increases the risk of bone fracture. As we age, bone fractures take longer to heal and can create serious medical complications.

Who should receive a bone health scan?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends women receive a bone density scan if they are:

  • Over age 65
  • Postmenopausal
  • Considering osteoporosis therapy

The scan is also beneficial for men and women of all ages who are experiencing certain health challenges. The bone-density scan might be called a bone-densitometry test, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or a DEXA scan. The DEXA exam often can be scheduled in conjunction with an annual mammogram.

The test requires a doctor's order, so talk to your health care provider to see if a bone density test is right for you. You can also call (520) 324-1286 for more information.