Osteoporosis Screens

Acadiana Women's Health Group is equipped with a Hologic bone densitometer that measures bone density in the hip and spine. This procedure is simple and only takes 15-30 minutes.

Osteoporosis is a complex disease and not all of its causes are known. Osteoporosis is preventable if bone loss is detected early. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. It can impair a person's ability to walk unassisted and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.

Understanding Bone Density Test Results

Although there are many types of bone density tests, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DXA (pronounced "DEXA"), is the gold standard and the preferred choice for repeat testing.

One of the results from a DXA scan is your T-score. The table below outlines what the numbers mean. The lower your T-score, the lower your bone density.

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Note: These are general guidelines only. To determine what your test results may mean, talk with your doctor.

If you would like more information on Osteoporosis, visit these websites:
Know My Bones.com
National Osteoporosis Foundation
Women's Health.com