Bone Densitometry & Body Composition Assessment
What is a bone density test?
A bone density test is used to measure bone mineral content and density. It is used mainly to diagnose osteoporosis. The DXA Scan available at Marshall Browning Hospital is considered the “gold standard” or most accurate test.
This measurement tells the healthcare provider whether there is decreased bone mass. This is a condition in which bones are more brittle and prone to break or fracture easily. Most men and women with osteoporosis don’t know they have it until a fracture occurs.
Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable and testing is safe and non-invasive The Horizon DXA system at Marshall Browning Hospital enables dimensions in care, including greater insights into biomechanical strength, visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease, lumbar spine and proximal femur studies, bone mineral density (BMD) measurements of the entire skeleton, atypical femur fracture assessment, and many other clinical applications.
Standard x-rays may show weakened bones. But at the point when bone weakness can be seen on standard x-rays, it may be too far advanced to treat. Bone densitometry testing can find decreasing bone density and strength at a much earlier stage when treatment can be beneficial.
Am I at risk?
You’re at higher risk for osteoporosis if you are:
a post-menopausal woman
a man age 50 or older
recently broke a bone
have a family history
smoke or drink heavily
take steroids or thyroid medication
have a low calcium intake
Why might I need a bone density test?
A bone density test may be used to:
Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already had a bone fracture
Predict your chances of fracturing a bone in the future
Determine your rate of bone loss
See if treatment is working
A physician’s order is required for the DXA scan. For more information, talk to your doctor or call 618-542-1015.
Body Composition Assessment
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or improve your athletic performance, you can get better results with a BodyLogic™ scan on our advanced DXA system. The quick and painless scan goes beyond total % body fat to assess your total body composition, identify muscle imbalances, estimate visceral fat (the metabolically active fat often associated with diabetes) and so much more.
The BodyLogic™ Scan gives you more than just total % body fat. The data can be used to:
Visualize the precise location of bone, muscle, and fat
Create customized training plans and then track progress
Identify muscle imbalances
Estimate visceral fat
Who is it suitable for?
For those on weight management programs, the results may help determine your risk of developing obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis. The exam precisely measures how much fat is present and where the fat is distributed in the body.
Knowing where the fat is located may make a considerable difference in health outcomes. Too much fat around abdominal organs such as the liver, for instance, can be much worse than excess fat just under the skin as it contributes more greatly to obesity-related diseases.
An Advanced Body Composition® assessment is also commonly used as a measurement tool by athletes in training or rehabilitation to monitor neuromuscular changes and the effects of physical training over time. The results will show how your lean mass and fat is distributed to help you put yourself on the road to success.
What to expect
You will lay comfortably on a padded table during the scan
There are no injections or invasive procedures
Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure is extremely low
The entire process takes only minutes and costs only $50!
The Body Composition Assessment does not require by physician order.
To schedule an appointment, call 618-542-1015.