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Bone DEXA Scan Predicts Risk of Osteoporosis-Related Fractures
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers most reliable bone mineral density test
Mt. Sterling, Ky. (March 2, 2016)— Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, now offers bone mineral density (BMD) testing using a Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan.
Ten million Americans have osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and break more easily. BMD testing is quick, safe and painless and measures the strength of bones. Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, but women face a much higher risk. Risk factors of osteoporosis include consuming too little calcium or vitamin D, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive drinking.
“Osteoporosis is known to be a silent disease because most patients aren’t aware that they have osteoporosis until a bone is fractured,” said Tim Damron, director of radiology at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “BMD testing through the DEXA scan is a way we can break that silence and reduce that risk.”
The DEXA scan is the most reliable test to measure the bone mineral density and to predict a patient’s potential risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for osteoporosis in women ages 65 and older and in younger whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65- year old white woman who has no additional risk factors.
To schedule a DEXA scan at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, contact your physician.
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KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.