Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide. The healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis are staggering, and the effect on your patient’s quality of life can be devastating. Only about 10% of women over the age of 65 have normal bone mass. 77 percent of American women with osteoporosis are undiagnosed (and therefore untreated).1
Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable, and testing is safe and non-invasive. So how do you detect Osteoporosis early on? It starts with a DEXA bone density scan.
How do you detect Osteoporosis early on?
The imaging technology from DEXA Plus, such as the new Hologic Horizon DEXA, provides superb image quality, precision and reliability with advanced diagnostic tools to support early detection of bone and metabolic health conditions that could lead to fracture. DEXA Plus technology enables new dimensions in care, including:
- BMD measurements of key regions of interests, such as the lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm
- FRAX 10-year probability calculations that take into account risk factors such as family history, individual history of fractures and lifestyle choices pertaining to smoking and drinking that could increase your risk for osteoporosis
- visualization of “beaking” in the femur that could lead to a debilitating atypical femur fracture, which can occur in patients on treatments such as bisphosphonates.
After a DEXA scan, education in bone and metabolic health is an essential next step in better understanding how you can optimize your bone and metabolic health.