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Bone Density Screening Specialist

South Orange Avenue Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Interventional Cardiology located in South Orange, NJ, East Orange, NJ, & Newark, NJ

It’s estimated that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a bone condition that increases the risk of fractures, and 44 million have low bone density, placing them at risk of osteoporosis. The team at South Orange Avenue Associates take a preventive approach to care and offer bone density screenings to assess your risk of osteoporosis. To learn more about the bone density screening and if it’s a test you need, call the South Orange, New Jersey, office today.

Bone Density Screening

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to become more porous and weak, making them more susceptible to fractures. Your bone is living tissue that’s under constant construction, being broken down and rebuilt. As you get older, your body may not be able to rebuild bone as quickly as it’s being broken down, increasing your risk for osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects both men and women. However, due to the hormonal changes women experience after menopause and their smaller bone size, they’re at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men. 

 

What is a bone density screening?

A bone density screening is a test that assesses your risk for osteoporosis. The test involves a special X-ray that measures the amount of calcium and other minerals packed into a segment of your bone, which determines its density. 

The test usually measures the density in your shin, hips, spine, and/or wrist, as these are the bones that are most often fractured.

 

Am I a good candidate for a bone density screening?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates determines if you’re a good candidate for a bone density screening during an evaluation. It’s generally recommended that all women over age 65 undergo a bone density screening. However, you may benefit from a bone density test at a younger age if:

  • You’ve lost stature
  • You’ve been on medication that affects bone health, such as steroids
  • You’re an organ transplant recipient
  • You had a drastic change in hormone levels not related to menopause

You may also benefit from a bone density screening if you’ve recently broken a bone.

 

What can I expect during a bone density screening?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates conducts your bone density screening at the office. The exam is painless and usually takes less than 30 minutes. 

During the screening, the team has you lie on a special table while a mechanical arm passes over your body to take the necessary images. The amount of radiation you’re exposed to during your bone density screening is minimal. 

There’s no downtime following your bone density screening and you can go back to your usual day after it’s completed. The team reviews the results of your bone density screening and provides recommendations to help improve or maintain bone health. 

To schedule a consultation with the team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates to discuss the bone density screen, call the office today.