Bone Density Screenings
At the Regional Center for Bone Health, you'll find the latest technology to help diagnose and treat osteoporosis.
The GE’s Lunar iDXA™ Bone Scanning System
Bone density testing is a safe, quick, non-invasive, painless procedure which detects the disease at its earliest stages, when treatment is most effective. Our Center is equipped with GE’s Lunar iDXA™ Bone Scanning System, the most advanced densitometry equipment available. Because of its accuracy, low X-ray exposure and ability to measure both hip and spine, it is considered the gold standard of bone density measurements. These tests are also the only means of monitoring the success of treatment or detecting the effects of other conditions or medications that can damage the skeleton.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that all women over age 65 should have a bone density study to screen for low bone mass. The exam itself is simple and painless. The patient remains fully clothed and reclines comfortably on a padded scanning bed while the arm of the scanner passes over the body. The scan itself takes only a few minutes; the entire exam – usually less than 20 minutes.
Patient Education and Consultations
In addition, during the exam our team takes the extra time to talk with our patients about bone health, helping them better understand what they can do to minimize their risk. Our entire staff is committed to patient education.
According to Genevieve Lankowicz, M.D., Medical Director of the Regional Center for Bone Health, “Our approach here at the Center is to consider each patient’s overall condition as we develop our diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Is there a family history of bone disease? Does the patient smoke or use alcohol excessively? Are there diet issues, for example, an insufficiency of Vitamin D that makes it difficult to absorb calcium? By taking the patient’s total health profile into consideration, we’re able to help the patient better understand risks and treatment options.”
Following the procedure, Dr. Lankowicz personally examines each scan and prepares a report that includes an estimation of fracture risk and recommendations for prevention or treatment. This report is provided to the patient and a copy is sent to the patient’s physician. Dr. Lankowicz is also available to consult one-on-one with the physician to further explore study results and appropriate care.
For More Information
To schedule an appointment, please call Integrated Patient Scheduling at 574-523-3444. For more information, call the Regional Center for Bone Health at 574-523-2751, Option 2.