Osteoporosis Detection from Advanced Diagnostics

Osteoporosis gradually weakens bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures, which can inhibit your mobility and independence.
It is estimated that at age 50, a woman has nearly a 40% chance of developing an osteoporotic fracture during her remaining lifetime. A woman's lifetime risk of hip fracture alone is equal to the combined risk of developing breastuterine and ovarian cancer.
A bone density measurement can help diagnose osteoporosis. Early detection is the best way to protect yourself from its debilitating effects.
Patients may make appointments for a DEXA bone densitometry (osteoporosis screening) by calling (912) 819-6800. A physician's written order is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bone density measurement?

Bone density measurements determine bone mineral deposit (BMD) for the area measured, compared with the average BMD of adults of your sex and race, at peak BMD. This helps your doctor determine if you need to take steps to protect bone health. Bone density measurement is simple, safe, noninvasive and painless.

How long does the test take?

Depending on the equipment, a measurement takes 5 to 20 minutes. Please allow an hour for your appointment to include time for registration and relevant health history review.

To how much radiation will I be exposed?

You will be exposed to very little radiation--usually less than a standard chest X-ray. As with any medical procedure, tell your doctor if you are or could be pregnant.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing, preferably something without metal buttons, buckles or zippers.

Is a bone density measurement the same as a bone scan?

No. A bone scan identifies bone infections, inflammation and cancer. A bone scan requires an injection of radioactive material. A bone density measurement requires no special preparation, medication or injection.

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, a medical condition that usually causes bones to be more fragile due to bone tissue loss, usually is affected by the following risk factors: 

  • Caucasian race or Asian ethnicity
  • Thin or small build
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Early menopause (before age 45)
  • Smoking history
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol use  
  • Chronic use of certain medications

Contact Us with Questions or for More Information

Please call our specialists at 912-819-7000 with any questions or concerns about these comprehensive services for women of all ages.

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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