Bone Densitometry


SYVCH has added a state-of-the-art G.E. Lunar Prodigy DEXA bone density scanner to its diagnostic tools.


DEXA ( dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry ), or bone densitometry, is the established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).  It is a form


of  x-ray technology that is a painless, noninvasive method of measuring your bone mass with minimal radiation exposure. Older methods such as single photon absorptiometry do not predict hip fractures as well as DEXA.


Measurements are most commonly made of the lower spine and upper part of the hip.  A BMD test can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and can estimate your risk of having a fracture in the future, as well as identify others who might benefit from measures to improve bone strength.


Did you know?

  • A woman's risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk  of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • An average of 24% of hip fracture patients over age 50 die in the year following their fracture.
  • One in five of those who were ambulatory before a hip fracture requires long-term care afterward.
  • At six months after a hip fracture, only 15% of hip fracture patients can walk across a room unaided.
  • One in two women and one in four men over 50 in the U.S. will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
  • Consequences of a broken bone from osteoporosis often result in pain, deformity, immobility, loss of independence, and could lead to death.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation  recommends a BMD test for:

  • women age 65 or older
  • postmenopausal women under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • menopausal women with certain risk factors
  • men age 70 or older
  • men age 50-70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • anyone after age 50 who has broken a bone

To find out how schedule a bone scan, call Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital at (805) 688-6431, ext. 3967.