DEXA Scan

DEXA Scan

In today’s blog post, we discuss two powerful tools used to evaluate patients for osteoporosis and fracture risk – a FRAX evaluation (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool) and a DEXA scan (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). About 54 million adults in the United States are affected by weak, porous bones (osteoporosis) and low bone mass (osteopenia). These conditions significantly increase the risk for serious spine, hip … Read More

DIS participates in “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” family fair in New Orleans

Providing screening heel ultrasound tests was the reason Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) was on hand at the “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” family fair on August 17, 2013. We met many fine people who brought their families to gather information on a variety of services, from health to dental to financial. DIS brought our portable heel ultrasound unit in order to … Read More

What is Paget’s disease of bone?

Paget’s disease is a chronic condition which interferes with your body’s normal bone remodeling process. Bone remodeling is a process in which new bone tissue gradually replaces old bone tissue. This relationship is vital to maintain normal calcium levels in our blood. Over time, the disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget’s disease of bone most … Read More

44 million Americans have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis

May is National Osteoporosis Month. According to the National Council for Aging Care and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 44 million Americans aged 50 and older either have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis due to low bone density levels. What many may not know is that osteoporosis is not only treatable, but can be reversed with proper … Read More

Osteoporosis assessment and prevention

Osteoporosis is a common problem that causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened, and easily fractured. Fortunately, preventative treatments are available that can help to maintain or increase bone density. For those already affected by osteoporosis, prompt diagnosis of bone loss and assessment of fracture risk are essential because therapies are available that can slow further loss of bone or … Read More

Warning signs your bones are thinning

We all know an older person with osteoporosis — it’s one of the most common problems of aging, striking more than half of all adults over age 50. And we all hope osteoporosis doesn’t happen to us, since weak bones can lead to fractures, and fractures, in turn, lead to all sorts of scary consequences. But how do you know if your bones … Read More

Ways to fight osteoporosis

–By Tammy Worth, Health.com Most people know calcium strengthens bones. But there are more than a dozen other ways to fight osteoporosis, the silent, bone-thinning condition that can lead to fractures, back and neck pain, and a loss of up to 6 inches of height over time. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it’s more common in women, … Read More

Facts about your bones and osteoporosis

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. In conjunction with the observance, here are some interesting facts to consider and understand: Bone is living, growing tissue that is both flexible and strong.  Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone.  Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both.  … Read More