As part of our dedication to providing complete care for women, Ruch Clinic offers bone densitometry, a cutting-edge x-ray procedure that is used to test bone density and measure bone loss.
Loss in bone density and mass, often as a result of osteoperosis, is a common problem that affects some post-menopausal women, particularly those not taking estrogen or otherwise engaging in hormone replacement therapy. Bone densitometry is an effective tool for tracking the effects of osteoperosis and other conditions that may cause a loss in bone density.
We recommend bone densitometry most strongly to the following patients:
- Those who are a post-menopausal and not taking estrogen
- Those who have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking
- Those who are post-menopausal women, and either tall, thin, or both
- Those who use medications known to cause bone loss in some patients, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs
- Those who have type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis
- Those who have a thyroid or parathyroid condition
- Those who have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma
- Those who have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis
Please discuss your bone densitometry options with your Ruch Clinic physican.