Bone Density Testing
Connecticut Breast Imaging is pleased to offer Bone Density examinations at our Brookfield location. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) machines, which are non-invasive, versatile tests used to diagnose osteoporosis. This advanced technology helps our highly skilled team accurately detect changes in bone density and assess the risk of fractures, helping patients take proactive measures to maintain healthy bones.
Why Take a Bone Density Test?
A bone density test measures how strong your bones are, and how much mineral, such as calcium, your bones contain. Weaker bones indicate osteoporosis, which means you are more susceptible to fractures or breaks. This test can help detect osteoporosis and assess the risk of fractures, allowing for early intervention and preventative measures to maintain optimal bone health.
Historically, women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men, and the risk increases with age. Your internist or orthopedic specialist may suggest getting a bone density test in your 40s, but it is highly recommended that women over the age of 60, especially those who are past menopause, undergo this exam. While not required as frequently, many women choose to schedule their bone density test at the same time as their mammogram. Ask your physician when you should schedule your exam – they can provide personalized guidance based on your medical history, age, and other relevant factors.
Some men have osteoporosis as well, and if you are over the age of 65 and think your bones may be weakening as a normal part of the aging process, you should ask your physician about scheduling a bone density test.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, making them more susceptible to fractures or breaks, most commonly in the hip, spine, or wrist. Unfortunately, this condition is not easily detectable by the average person, which is why many individuals may not even realize they have it until they experience a broken bone.
How Is a Bone Density Test Performed?
The test is non-invasive, painless, and is very simple – similar to an X-ray or body scan. It takes about 15 minutes and no preparation is needed. During a DXA bone density test, you will not need to undress; however, any zippers or buttons in the area over your spine or hips should be removed. As you lie on the DXA table, a movable arm passes over your body to scan your bones. This scan uses highly sophisticated technology that emits a minuscule amount of radiation. Despite its minimal radiation exposure, the DXA scan is incredibly accurate, providing detailed information about your bone density and helping your physician detect osteoporosis early on.
What Are the Risks for Osteoporosis?
In addition to the normal patterns of aging, risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Hormone changes (especially for post-menopausal women)
- Insufficient calcium or vitamin D intake
- Some medications or diseases
- Smoking cigarettes
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Inadequate physical activity
- Low body weight
What Treatment Is There for Osteoporosis?
The bone density test will help inform treatment protocol for bone weakness. Some of the treatment options include:
- Physical exercise
- Increased Calcium and Vitamin D intake
- Modified diet
Bone health can be improved at any stage in life. The bone density test is a simple yet effective way to detect bone weakness and assess the risk of developing osteoporosis. By identifying the early signs of bone density loss, this test can help you take control of your bone health and find appropriate methods to prevent future fractures or breaks.
If you’re due for a bone density test or have concerns about your bone health, schedule an appointment today at our Brookfield office. Our state-of-the-art DXA machines and experienced team of medical professionals are dedicated to providing comprehensive bone density testing and personalized care to help you maintain healthy bones. Take control of your bone health by scheduling your bone density test with us today.