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Bone Density Scans & Osteoporosis in Seattle, WA

Bone Density Scans are important because they measure how much mineral is in a person’s bones.  They help recognize bone loss, especially serious bone loss, which is a symptom of osteoporosis. Do you or a loved one suffer from osteoporosis? Learn more about this “silent disease” and how bone density scans effectively detect osteoporosis at its earliest stages.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease where the body loses too much bone, creates too little, or both. Consequently, it results in weakened bones and can lead to more serious side effects, such as spinal compression, hip fractures, and wrist fractures from little to no trauma. For example, fractures from minor bumps and falls are typically a good indicator of weaker bones.

What are the Risk Factors of Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one cannot feel bones weakening. Typically, it takes breaking a bone before bringing osteoporosis to light. Therefore, it is important to understand the risk factors associated with this disease. It is found that osteoporosis is most common in white women. Yet, there are other factors that can put you at risk. Typical osteoporosis risk factors include:

  • Female
  • Family History
  • Caucasian & Asian Races
  • Poor Calcium Intake
  • Poor Dietary Vitamin D Intake
  • Low Estrogen Levels
  • Small or Thin Body Build
  • Lack of Activity

How Do You Know if You Have Osteoporosis?

The most effective way to tell if you have Osteoporosis is to undergo tests to determine the density of your bones. There are many different methods, but at Via Radiology we utilize DXA scanning, which is considered the gold standard bone density test.

Who Should Get A Bone Density Scan?

You should always talk with your physician to determine if a bone density scan is right for you. However, we recommend the following should undergo a bone density scan:

  • Women over 65
  • 65 & under women with risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Women or men with non-traumatic fractures of the wrist, spine, or hip.
  • Women who are deciding on estrogen hormone therapy at menopause.
  • Patients already showing signs of osteoporosis and need follow-up

Do You Think You Need a Bone Density Scan?

Via Radiology is a team of board-certified subspecialty trained radiologists. They are experts in deciphering bone density scans in Seattle, WA. Call the Breast Center at 206-668-1749 today to learn if you or a loved one may be a candidate for a bone density scan.

Bone Density Scans in Seattle, WA

Via Radiology offers Seattle diagnostic imaging services in the greater Seattle area, including ultrasoundMRIPETCT scansx-ray and other imaging modalities.  We also provide interventional services and screenings for lung cancer in addition to our breast imaging services. Contact Via Radiology at 206-306-1011. For Bone Density questions; please contact the  Seattle Breast Center or call (206) 668-1749 for more information.