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.*

*National Osteoporosis Foundation

Who is this screening for?

Anyone who has the risk factors for Osteoporosis, including men. Although osteoporosis is more common in women, 3 million men in the U.S. have osteoporosis, and many of them may be unaware.*

Ages

50+
40+ with risk factors

Frequency

Yearly

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

  • Postmenopausal women
  • Race (Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanics are at greater risk)
  • Thin frame
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Heavy alcohol consumption

Osteoporosis Risk Screening Details

Osteoporosis risk assessment is conducted using pulse echo ultrasound on the tibia (shin bone), which is prone to fracture with osteoporosis. The screening is painless and non-invasive. The ultrasound is state of the art, and indicates risk for Osteoporosis. Further evaluation may be necessary, so discuss your results with your physician. This screening is available as part of the core vascular screening package, which is designed to provide a more comprehensive summary of your risk factors.

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when bone structure is lost faster than it is replaced by new bone growth. The bones become porous and less dense, increasing the risk of a fracture. In its early stages, osteoporosis does not exhibit symptoms.

Warning Signs of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is silent in its early stages; however, some people experience these symptoms:
  • Bone fractures
  • Change in posture
  • Sudden back pain
  • Loss of height

Osteoporosis Risk Screening FAQ

  • 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.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.
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