Physicians are now able to determine patients' bone density with a minimally invasive procedure called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanning in the Neville Building on the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center campus.
Similar to a traditional X-ray machine, DEXA scanning uses two X-ray beams of different energy levels to scan bone density levels in the hips and lower spine to help determine if a patient is at risk for breaks, fractures or osteoporosis.
Patients who may benefit from DEXA scanning include:
- Women 65 and older
- Postmenopausal women younger than 65 with risk factors for a fracture (low body weight, prior fracture, high-risk medication use or discontinuing hormone replacement therapy)
- Men 70 and older
- Men under 70 with clinical risk factors (low body weight, cancer treatment, high-risk medication use or prior fracture)
- Adults with a fragility fracture
- Adults with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss
- Anyone being considered for pharmacologic therapy
"DEXA scanning is a great tool because it helps us determine whether there is a risk before an injury occurs, not after," said Director of Imaging Christine Clark, "If a patient is determined to be at risk, the provider can help determine the next steps for decreasing the risk of fractures and increasing the patient's quality of life."
In addition to DEXA scanning, outpatient services in the Neville Building include mammography, outpatient imaging, outpatient laboratory, MRI and pre-operative clinic services.
For more information about DEXA scanning, call the Mammography Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center's Neville Building at 541-768-5060.