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Bone Density Testing

Midwest Center for Women’s HealthCare provides bone density testing for women of all ages. Bone density tests help to determine if a woman is either developing or already has osteoporosis or if she is more susceptible to easily breaking bones.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where development of new bone cannot keep pace with bone loss. This causes a decrease in bone mass and weakening of the bones that leave individuals more susceptible to fractures. Without testing and diagnosis, it is hard to determine whether you may have this condition – as a broken bone is typically the only symptom you may experience.

What causes osteoporosis?
While the cause of osteoporosis can differ for each person, women are generally more susceptible than men, and there are certain risk factors to look for, which include:

  • Being over age 65
  • Being of Caucasian or Asian descent, or having a family history
  • Being thin, petite, or having a small frame
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being menopausal or post-menopausal
  • Having suffered from an eating disorder, particularly anorexia
  • Taking certain medications, including the Depo Provera birth control shot
  • Having certain hormonal disorders, liver disease, digestive disorders, or thyroid disease
  • Having a poor diet, especially on lacking in calcium
  • Smoking and/or excessive drinking of alcohol

What is a bone density test and what will it tell me?

There are a variety of bone density tests available, and your physician can assess which is right for you. Dexa scans are the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. Dexa stands for “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry,” and provides one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteoporosis or Osteopenia (thinning bones).

Dexa scans are non-invasive scans (similar to an x-ray) that measure bone density in key areas prone to osteoporosis-related fractures – hip, wrist, spine, sometimes fingers or leg bones. The readings are compared to what would be expected of someone of your age and stature, and also to what would be the ideal density of a healthy younger female. These factors help to determine your overall score and whether your bone density falls within normal ranges. Your physician can then decide whether treatment, medication or preventative measures are necessary.

When should I consider getting a bone density test?

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends a bone density test at least once for all women age 65 and older. In addition, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that post-menopausal women who experience a bone fracture, women considering therapy for osteoporosis, and women who have undergone hormone replacement therapy for an extended timeframe also have a bone density test. Of course, if you have any of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis, you’ll want to consider testing. A final point to remember: loss of bone mass and osteoporosis doesn’t just affect the elderly – young adults in their 20s can already have the condition.

Where can I get a bone density test?

Several of our locations offer Dexa scans, and any of our physicians and practitioners can arrange the testing in the most convenient location for you.

Park Ridge 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (350 S. Northwest Highway, Ste.112)

Park Ridge 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (350 S. Northwest Highway, Ste.112)

Park Ridge 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (350 S. Northwest Highway, Ste.112)

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