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What’s The Deal With Bone Density Scans?

Get a St Louis bone density test at Watson Imaging Center
Get a St Louis bone density test at Watson Imaging Center!

When you think about all the physical feats a so-called young person can do and seem to get away with without consequences, there may be a good reason – people’s bone mass is at its highest when they are between the ages of 25-35.

Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and reformed. When it gets broken down to a point where the bones are porous and brittle, this is known as the disease osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Affects More Women Than Men
Both men and women lose bone mass as they get older – older than the 25-35 age range mentioned above. While both men and women can get osteoporosis, post-menopausal women lose bone mass faster than men of the same age, so a larger portion of women are affected by osteoporosis than men.

When to Get a Bone Density Scan
A bone density scan estimates the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of the body, including the spine, hip and forearm. It is the only form of detection of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis may go unnoticed if it is asymptomatic. Symptoms of osteoporosis can be a reduction in height, lower back pain, and minimal trauma fractures. The three main areas where fractures caused by osteoporosis can occur are the spine, hip, and wrist. Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 2 million fractures annually, of which about 250,000 are hip fractures.

If you have had a hip fracture, which has occurred spontaneously or as the result of an accident, or a fracture to the spine or wrist, it may be a good idea to get a bone density scan. Talk with your doctor to see if you might be a good candidate for a bone density scan.

Schedule Your Bone Density Scan at Watson Imaging Center Today
If you need a bone density test, call us today to schedule your bone density scan at our St. Louis location.

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