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Osteoporosis Screening/Bone Density Test

Osteoporosis is a condition affecting the bones in which the bone loss is faster than the formation of new bone tissue. This condition puts anyone affected at increased risks for fracture. Osteoporosis has often been called “the silent disease” because until a fracture occurs many people do not even know the extent of the bone loss, i.e. whether or not they are affected.

Life Line Screening performs an osteoporosis risk assessment using pulse echo ultrasound detecting the cortical thickness of the proximal 1/3 of tibia. The tibia is a long bone similar to the femur (the thigh bone) which is prone to fracture with osteoporosis. This screening is a risk assessment for bone loss. Further evaluation and diagnostics may be considered. Talk to your physician about your risk factors for bone loss.

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Who should have an Osteoporosis screening?

  • Anyone who has the risk factors associated with the disease
  • If you already received a DEXA scan, continue to work with your doctor

How often should I get an Osteoporosis screening?

  • Annually

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.

How do I prepare for an Osteoporosis screening?

  • Do not wear pantyhose (you’ll need to remove your shoe and sock)

Warning signs

Osteoporosis is painless in its early stages. However, some people experience these symptoms:

  • Bone fractures, especially of the hip, spine, or wrist
  • Change in posture
  • Sudden back pain
  • Loss of height

Risk factors

  • Being a postmenopausal woman
  • Race (Caucasians, Asian Americans, and Hispanics are at an increased risk)
  • Thin frame
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
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