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Osteoporosis Detection

At North Oaks Diagnostic Center, radiologic technologists use the QDR 9500C Bone Densitometer to detect bone changes rapidly and painlessly with a physician’s order.

What is osteoporosis?
  • Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thinner.
  • Osteoporosis causes the body to remove more bone than it replaces. This means that bones may become more likely to break. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is common, especially in older women. But young people and men may develop osteoporosis, too.
  • Osteoporosis may be prevented, and with proper therapy, it can be treated. Adequate calcium, vitamin D, appropriate exercise and, in some cases, medication is important for maintaining bone health.
  • A bone density test can measure bone mass and may help determine bone strength and predict the risk of future fracture.
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
  • Women age 65 and older
  • Men age 70 and older
  • Women who are going through or who are past menopause ("the change")
  • Caucasian and Asian women
  • Small, thin-boned people
  • People with a family member with osteoporosis
  • People who do not get enough calcium or vitamin D
  • Those who do not exercise
  • Smokers
  • Those who drink alcohol excessively
  • Those on bone-thinning medicines (like prednisone or other corticosteroids) for a long time
How can osteoporosis affect me?
  • You may not have any pain or other symptoms when osteoporosis begins.
  • You may be more likely to break (fracture) a bone in your back, wrist or hips, especially if you fall.
  • You may "shrink" (get shorter).
  • You may get a "hump" (curve) in your back.
  • You may have bad back pain that may prevent your involvement in some activities.