Bone Density Screening for Osteoporsis
Know Before You Break a Bone
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile and more at risk to break.
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 women over age 50 and 1 in 5 men over 50 worldwide. For women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in the hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction, and breast cancer.1
Once you’ve broken one bone from osteoporosis, the risk for breaking another increases dramatically. A simple bone density screening can help identify osteoporosis before you break a bone.
During the screening, X-rays are used to measure the grams of specific bone minerals and calcium within a specific section of the bone. Bones in the hips, spine, and forearm are the most commonly tested areas.
If you are 50 years of age or over and have not yet been diagnosed or broken a bone because of osteoporosis, we recommend you schedule a bone density screening as a preventative measure.