Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital > Services & Departments > Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology > Bone Densitometry
On the Lookout for Osteoporosis
More than 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis — gradual weakening of the bones — including eight million women. Once you reach age 50, your risk for developing the disease increases. Osteoporosis generally affects the bones of the hip, spine, and wrist, making them more susceptible to fracture if a fall occurs. People who aren't screened for osteoporosis may not even know they have the disease until they break a bone.
Susan B. Allen recently improved its ability to detect osteoporosis with the purchase of a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner. This GE Lunar Prodigy DEXA scanner cuts scan times in half, a big benefit for older patients who, due to back problems, may find it uncomfortable to lie flat for a long period of time.
The DEXA scan obtains images of the patient's femoral neck (hips), and L1 through L4 vertebrae in the lower back. After the scan, the computer produces a T-score, which compares the patient's bone mass with that of a young adult of the same gender with optimal bone mass. Results of the test are sent to the patient's referring physician.
For more information about bone density services, or other diagnostic imaging services offered at Susan B. Allen, please call 316.322.4510.
Free Bone Density Screenings
Susan B. Allen's Physical Rehabilitation department offers free bone density (osteoporosis) screenings once a month. The testing utlizes ultrasound in the heel which is painless, and the entire test takes about five minutes to complete.
Please call 316.322.4580 to schedule an appointment. Your screening and paperwork will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.