|Diplomates of the American Board of Internal Medicine|
Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in humans, resulting in low bone mass and increased risk for fracture. Osteoporosis can be diagnosed, treated, and prevented before any fracture occures. Bone Mineral Density Exams (DXA) are performed at CCIM using a GE Lunar Prodigy DXA Instrument. Common risk factors for osteoporosis include age, gender, family history, low body weight, menopause, and tobacco use. DXA exams are recommended for women older than 65 and men older than 70, patients with a bone fracture after age 50, postmenopausal women with low body weight or family history of osteoporosis, height loss of more than one-half inch in one year, patients with evidence of vertebral comppression or spinal fracture, and patients taking medications which may cause bone loss.
Patients with primary care providers at other medical offices may have their bone densitometry tests performed at CCIM.