Personalized Care for Bone Health and Osteoporosis Treatment
You depend on your bones to do everything from eating to walking. So when your bones become weak and brittle, as with osteoporosis, your quality of life can suffer. At Cypress Fairbanks Women's Imaging Center, we aim to protect your bones by testing for and treating osteoporosis.
Bones and Osteoporosis
Bone is living, growing tissue. Throughout life, old bone is removed (called resorption), and new bone is added to the skeleton (called formation). After age 30, the removal of old bone begins to exceed the formation of new bone. When the removal of your old bone quickly outpaces the formation of new bone, you can develop osteoporosis — characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. The condition is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
The Good News About Bone Densitometry
At Cypress Fairbanks Women's Imaging Center, we offer bone densitometry — a simple test that measures your bone mass and bone loss. It may be the easiest medical examination you’ll ever have to undergo. There’s no special preparation required, and the results provide your doctor with valuable information that may prove helpful in the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis.
How Bone Densitometry Works
For most scans, you stay fully clothed. It’s also recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes during the exam and that you avoid wearing metal zippers, buckles or large buttons. You’ll be asked to lie back on the exam table while the scanner runs over your body. During the exam, lie still, breathe normally and above all, rest comfortably. The bone densitometer uses a minimal level of X-ray exposure to scan your bone tissue. On average, the exam lasts about 14 to 20 minutes.
What the Exam Will Determine
The bone densitometer will measure your bone mineral density (BMD) and compare certain factors to a reference population based on your age, weight, sex and other criteria. Your results will be sent directly to your doctor's office where your doctor will determine your bone status and fracture risk.
Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Certain people are more likely to develop osteoporosis than others. Risk factors include:
- Women who are past menopause or who went through menopause before age 45
- Caucasian or Asian women
- Having a small, thin frame
- Having family members with osteoporosis
- Heavy smoking
- Heavy drinking
- Lack of physical activity
- A low-calcium diet
- Being on certain medications such as steroids or anti-seizure medicines
- Having a previous non-traumatic fracture as an adult
If you have two or more factors, you may be at risk for osteoporosis. Consult your doctor to find out more about osteoporosis testing.
How to Get Tested for Osteoporosis
To get tested for osteoporosis, please ask your doctor for a referral. Then call the Central Scheduling Office at (281) 897-3121 to schedule an appointment.