Bone Density Tests Help You Know Your Risk of Osteoporosis
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 50% of women and up to 25% of men over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone because of osteoporosis. Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care uses bone density testing, or DXA scans, to assess your osteoporosis risk.
Bone density scans use X-rays to determine how much calcium is contained in the bones of the hip, spine, and arm. Before these tests were developed, patients could only be diagnosed with osteoporosis after a bone was broken. After your bone density procedure, our doctors and staff will review your scans in our Lancaster, SC office. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a treatment plan will be developed to help you stay strong and safe. This may include prescribing special bone density medications to increase bone density.