Osteoporosis Screening

Osteoporosis is a condition that is characterized by bones that are less dense than, and thus not as strong as, normal bone. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Breast Clinic features DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) technology for the standard for measuring for diagnosing osteoporosis.


Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

Bone density scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density.


Common uses of the Procedure

DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteopoosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
DEXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.

The DEXA test can also assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures. The risk of fractures is affected by age, body weigh history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and lifestyle issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when deciding if a patient needs therapy. RSS