Bone densitometry, also known as bone density scanning, uses advanced technology called DEXA (short for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) to safely, accurately and painlessly measure bone mineral density to diagnose osteoporosis. During the exam with DEXA, the patient lies comfortably still on a padded table while the DEXA unit scans two or more areas, usually the hip and spine, places that commonly break. Unlike typical X-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone densitometry is very low. The test only takes minutes to complete, depending on the number of sites scanned. There are no injections or invasive procedures and you do not have to take off any clothes.
Your personal health assessment begins in the TMC for Women Health and Resource Center. These vital tests can help evaluate heart health including stroke risk, high cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as other disorders such as anemia, diabetes, thyroid and osteoporosis. A nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health issues will perform the tests. You will also complete a general risk assessment tool at this time.
After the test results are back, you will return for a one-on-one health consultation with our nurse practitioner.
In addition to receiving your individual risk assessment, you may be directed to consult with your primary care physician if there are specific health concerns that need to be addressed.
The package price is $150 and includes the comprehensive health survey, diagnostic tests and one-on-one consultation with a nurse practitioner.
To register or if you would like more information about these services, please call (520) 324-1286.