OREGON - Bay Park Community Hospital recently expanded its diagnostic radiology center with the installation of iDXA, a state-of-the-art 100 percent direct-digital bone density detector that offers vertebral fracture assessment. This state-of-the-art densitometer provides unparalleled image quality, precision and accuracy in measuring bone mineral density (BMD).
The amount of bone mineral relates directly to bone density. The iDXA uses small amounts of X-ray to measure BMD and to produce images of the spine, hip or even the whole body. In addition, the unit offers accurate assessment of hip and overall fracture risk, using a personalized risk calculator that estimates a patient’s 10-year fracture risk.
The scan takes about two minutes, compared to traditional scanners that take several minutes, thus providing greater comfort during the scan.
Bay Park also added two screening ultrasound units to measure bone density of the heel.
Osteoporosis, often called the “silent disease” because in early stages, it has no symptoms, is very common and is the cause of most weak bones. There are rarely signs until significant bone has been lost. Many people mistakenly think of osteoporosis as a women’s disease, however according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, half of all women and one in four men older than 50 years will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis also can result in a crippling and painful fracture, occurring most often in the hip, back or wrist.
In addition to bone density detection, the iDXA at BPCH also has the capability to assess children on chronic steroids or those who suffer with anorexia – the only such service of its kind in Toledo’s east region. These results can be used to monitor weight treatment, growth hormone therapy and malabsorptive syndromes.
For more information, visit the BPCH services page at www.promedica.org.
Bay Park employee Nicole Held conducts a bone density scan using the digital iDXA. (Photo courtesy of Bay Park Community Hospital)