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Bone Health (Osteoporosis)

Healthy bones are vital to healthy aging. But women are especially vulnerable (although men can be affected as well) to a bone condition called osteoporosis, a loss of bone tissue that can leave bones—especially in the spine and hip—fragile, brittle, and prone to fractures. Severe cases can lead to chronic pain, significant postural impairment, and loss of mobility.

While there is no cure for osteoporosis, treatments such as calcium supplementation and surgical procedures to repair fractures can help improve quality of life for osteoporosis patients. It may also be possible to delay or prevent onset of the disease ifsigns of bone loss are detected early.

Larchmont Medical Imaging can help women who are at or beyond the stage of entering menopause, or patients who may have other risk factors for osteoporosis, assess their level of risk and screen for signs of bone loss using a short, painless procedure called bone densitometry (DEXA), performed in our convenient outpatient facilities.

The information in these pages will help you learn more about osteoporosis, its causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and about the DEXA diagnostic procedure.