ERMC Services Expanding: New DXA Bone Density Scanner

The past year has been a great time of expansion and development for ERMC and we’re carrying that momentum with us into the new fiscal year. We’ve listened to what our community needs and have made every effort to implement those services. One of the most exciting services we are now offering this year is Bone Density Scanning. We have purchased a brand new, top of the line DXA Bone Density Scanner from Hologic. Here are a few facts about this highly-needed service.

What is DXA?
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is a clinically proven method of measuring bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine, proximal femur, forearm and whole body. It’s used primarily in the diagnosis and management of Osteoporosis and other diseases characterized by abnormal BMD.

What’s special about the Hologic Horizon DXA System?
The Hologic Horizon DXA system boasts scans that are completed in merely 15 seconds, compared to 46 seconds, or even 98 seconds its competitors take to scan. This system also offers the BodyLogic scan, a body composition measurement that measures body fat, lean muscle mass, and bone density. This is a great service for those working to manage their weight, or for athletes in training.

Who should get a Bone Density test?
Anyone concerned about their risk of Osteoporosis, or the management of any bone density issue, should speak with their physician about the benefits of having a bone density test performed. Groups most at risk for bone density loss include:

  • Women age 65 and older and men age 70 and older, regardless of clinical risk factors
  • Younger postmenopausal women and men age 50 to 69 with other clinical risk factors
  • Women in the menopausal transition if there is a specific risk factor associated with increased fracture risk such as low body weight, prior low-trauma fracture or high risk medication
  • Adults who have a fracture after age 50

Facts about Bone Density:

  • A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose Osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to Osteoporosis.
  • Bone strength weakens in women 10 years after menopause and in men over 70.

We are very excited to have this machine at our hospital. Call 517.663.9426 to make an appointment.

Article posted on October 10th, 2018.