Osteoporosis is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a progressive systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture. 52 million Americans have low bone density, increasing the risk for osteoporosis. Women, in particular, have a higher risk for osteoporosis because of the differing bone densitys in men and due to decreasing Estrogen once women reach menopause.

At Premier Women’s Radiology, our DEXA scanner is one of the most superior technologies for measuring bone density. A DEXA (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry) scans the entire human body, with focus on the hip, lumbar and spine. Along with our scanning capabilities, we offer advanced clinical body composition with inner core visceral fat assessment and rate-of-change, BCA (bone composition analysis) reporting, color whole body images and whole body BMD (bone mineral density). DEXA is the most accurate method for BMD measurement as it is able to detect changes in bone density only 6-12 months after previous BMD management.

Osteoporosis is a preventable disease that can initially present as kyphosis. However, it can result in devastating physical, psychosocial and economic consequences. It is often overlooked and under treated, in large part because it is so often clinically silent before manifesting in the form of a fracture. Early recognition of the problem can lead to an improved future state, lead to a variety of treatment options, and can lower the risk of potential threats.