Bone Health Assessments
The strength and health of your bones is important to your overall well-being. ECHN offers several convenient locations where you can have a bone density exam, which provides important information about your risk for osteoporosis, a debilitating bone disease.
Bone densitometry is a simple and painless examination of your bones. It is performed while you are lying in comfortable clothing on a cushioned table with a pillow. A state-of-the-art machine measures your bone density, and this information can help determine the best osteoporosis treatment.
A Closer Look at ECHN’s Bone Density Testing
- Dexa Bone Density – Millions of women over age 50 suffer from osteoporosis. To determine your risk for the disease, this exam measures bone mineral density which directly relates to bone strength. This test uses small amounts of x-ray to produce images of the spine and hip where most osteoporotic fractures occur. The exam, which employs the latest technology, takes approximately 20 minutes.
- Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) – This is an established, low-radiation method to detect existing vertebral fractures, which can dramatically decrease the risk of future fractures. It is often used in conjunction with Bone Density Testing in postmenopausal women and older men. For information or to determine if this study is appropriate for you, please speak to your healthcare provider.
- Body Composition Assessment – This can help your healthcare provider assess what level of exercise or intervention is needed to maintain a good ratio between fat and lean mass. The analysis is a quick, accurate and precise low-dose x-ray exam that, in addition to managing obesity, represents a valuable tool to assess various growth disorders, aging and neuromuscular changes, and the effects of physical training. The cost is $50 and is not billed to your insurance company, but would be your financial responsibility at the time the assessment is conducted.
Who Needs a Bone Density Exam?
You may be a candidate for a bone density exam if you:
- Have experienced a spontaneous bone fracture
- Are taking medication that can affect your bones
- Have risk factors for bone disorders such as osteoporosis
You may be at higher risk for bone disease if you:
- Have a small, thin frame
- Are Caucasian or Asian
- Are postmenopausal
- Have had an early or surgically induced menopause
- Have been taking excessive thyroid medicine or high doses of cortisone-like drugs
- Have a diet low in dairy products or other sources of calcium
- Are physically inactive
- Smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol in excess
Both men and women experience some bone loss as they age, but because women generally have smaller bones than men, it can affect them more seriously. We welcome both men and women in need of this exam.
Convenient ECHN Locations for Bone Densitometry
If you and your doctor decide you should have a bone density exam, ECHN offers bone densitometry at these convenient locations:
- Glastonbury Wellness Center
- Women’s Center for Wellness
- Tolland Imaging Center