Patient information Health Assessment
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It’s a fairly common condition that affects around three million people in the UK. More than 300,000 people receive hospital treatment for fragility fractures every year as a result of Osteoporosis. Read More
How Common is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is one of the most common and debilitating chronic diseases, and a global healthcare problem. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Read More
Is any preparation necessary? No – no preparation is required for this examination. However, if you have undergone an examination that involved the use of a contrast material, such as a barium enema or a CT scan, you must wait for 10 days before undergoing a Read More
Types of scans and procedures
A DEXA scan of the HIP and SPINE is most commonly used to detect Osteoporosis because these are two areas are at high risk of an osteoporotic fracture. This is known as an ‘axial’ or ‘central’ scan and measurements of bone density at these sites are the best at predicting who is at risk of having an osteoporotic fracture…..
An enhanced DEXA examination involving a scan of your hip, spine and FOREARM may be required if you have certain medical conditions (e.g. hyperparathyroidism, severe kidney disease) or if you are unable to lie on an examination table to have your spine and hip scanned successfully. The scan does not involve…….