Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center offers non-invasive bone density screening

Dec 3,2013
Are you a woman age 65 or older, or a man age 70 or older? Concerned about osteoporosis or risk of broken or fractured bones?

Now, your physician can determine your bone density right on the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center campus in the Neville Building.

Similar to a traditional X-ray machine, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (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 you may be at risk for breaks, fractures or osteoporosis.

You may benefit from DEXA scanning if you are:
  • A woman 65 or older
  • A postmenopausal woman under the age of 65 with risk factors for a fracture (low body weight, prior fracture, high-risk medication use or discontinuing hormone replacement therapy)
  • A man 70 or older
  • A man under the age of 70 with clinical risk factors (low body weight, cancer treatment, high-risk medication use or prior fracture)
  • An adult with a fragility fracture
  • An adult 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, imaging, laboratory, MRI and pre-operative clinic services.

For more information, call the Mammography Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center's Neville Building at 541-768-5060.