The Importance of Bone Densitometry
It should come as no surprise that bone mineral density cannot be assessed accurately without the use of a Bone Densitometer.
Tue Jun 25 2013
It should come as no surprise that bone mineral density cannot be assessed accurately without the use of a Bone Densitometer. While it is true that both physical examinations and medical history play into the diagnosis, bone densitometersare the only real way to measure a patient’s risk factors for fracture and bone loss due to osteoporosis.
Measuring bone mass with a bone densitometer offers clinicians enough data so that they can recommend a course of therapy. In some cases, therapy may be adapted to meet the needs of patients on long-term medications.
Even in mid-life, bone loss can be manipulated and fracture reduction can be achieved. However, treatment can be difficult once bone has been lost, since it is nearly impossible to restore the biomechanics of the skeleton after its structure has been severely disrupted. The best way to prevent serious bone loss is to start treatment early!
Despite a somewhat common belief, Osteoporosis is not the only condition detected by bone densitometers. A lesser known condition, Osteopenia (low bone density), is a common precursor to full-blown osteoporosis and can still result in fractures due to bone brittleness. While not considered a disease, like osteoporosis, osteopenia is a major risk factor for fractures.
In summary, utilizing bone densitometers to detect early signs of osteopenia or osteoporosis is an essential way to predict and prevent future bone loss!
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