It is important to talk with your doctor about the advantages of regular Bone Mineral Densitometry (also referred to as Bone Density or BMD) screening. Osteoporosis Canada recommends all women and men 65 years or older begin regular BMD testing.
A Bone Mineral Density Exam is an enhanced and specialized form of X-Ray, which is used to measure bone loss. Your Bone Mineral Densitometry exam at Pureform involves lying on a table for several minutes while a small x-ray detector scans your spine and hips. You may be asked to lift your legs and place them on a support in order to straighten your back for the test.
This routine test is safe and painless. A Bone Mineral Densitometry exam is considered the most effective and accurate method for early detection of bone changes and osteoporosis, when treatment is most effective.
Pureform Radiology uses the latest in digital DXA technology, which provides improved image quality while reducing radiation exposure.
Osteoporosis Canada recommends all women and men 65 years or older begin regular BMD testing.
However, you and your physician may determine screening at an earlier age is necessary based on the following guidelines:
Postmenopausal women and men 50 – 64 with risk factors for fracture including:
Younger men or women (under 50) with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss:
No specific preparation is required on the day of your exam. For your comfort please avoid wearing any clothing that may have any metal, snaps, buckles or zippers as these can interfere with your Bone Density exam.
Pureform and PureKids Radiology provides Ultrasound, XRay, Mammography and Bone Density to the Calgary, Airdrie and surrounding areas.
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