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Bone Density DXA Test Helps Determine Bone Health

As people age, they can be more at risk for fractures, but NRMC now has state-of-the-art technology to help doctors get a better understanding of their patients’ bone health and risks. The new dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or Horizon DXA System provides a snapshot of what’s going on inside the bones. This high-definition technology pinpoints bone mineral density and can identify a condition called osteoporosis. This in turn helps doctors determine an appropriate osteoporosis treatment based on a patient’s scores.

“We are pleased to be able to offer bone density testing,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. “Knowledge is power, and this machine gives doctors the ability to determine a patient’s bone health and then proactively take steps to improve it. There are medications and even nutritional and lifestyle changes that doctors can recommend to treat conditions such as osteoporosis. The long-term goal is to not only prevent additional bone loss but to help make bones stronger if at all possible. This is great technology, designed to help keep people safe from fractures,” Soileau said.

The scan takes about 15 minutes but provides an abundance of information about bones including the bone density of hips and the lumbar spine. The whole experience is similar to what
a patient has with a traditional x-ray — it is a fast test and totally painless and noninvasive. If you are over age 50, postmenopausal, or have a history of fractures, ask your doctor about scheduling a bone density test at NRMC.

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