Osteoporosis Risk Screening (Bone Density Test)
Osteoporosis risk screening (often referred to as a bone density test) is conducted by using ultrasound to measure the density of the shin bone, indicating if bone density is lower than normal. Osteoporosis is serious, and causes over 2 million broken bones every year.*
Who is this screening for?
40+ with risk factors
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
- Postmenopausal women
- Race (Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanics are at greater risk)
- Thin frame
- Diet low in calcium
- Physical inactivity
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Osteoporosis Risk Screening Details
Warning Signs of Osteoporosis
- Bone fractures
- Change in posture
- Sudden back pain
- Loss of height
What is osteoporosis and why should I be screened?Osteoporosis causes the bones to become less dense, increasing the likelihood of a fracture. Osteoporosis is silent in its early stages, showing no symptoms. Many people discover they have osteoporosis when they break a bone.
Why do you measure my shin bone for the osteoporosis risk assessment?The shin bone is prone to fracture when a person has osteoporosis, and it is a weight bearing bone.
Isn’t osteoporosis a woman’s disease?More women than men do experience osteoporosis, but 3 million men in the U.S. have osteoporosis, and many may not be aware of it.