Bone Density Screening
Prague Community Hospital has significantly enhanced its ability to diagnose osteoporosis by installing the latest screening technology for that rampant condition. The hospital’s new digital bone densitometry scanner is the state-of-the-art technology for measuring bone strength with the General Electric DXA Lunar Prodigy Pro scanner.
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans. Yet, most of us know little about protecting ourselves from this disease. Osteoporosis results in more than 1 million hip, spine, and wrist fractures annually. This disorder affects nearly one-half of all post menopausal women, the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis.
Research in osteoporosis, the disorder in which progressive bone loss results in increased risk of fracture, is making important new advances. A key factor in this success has been the availability of new and improved equipment to measure bone density.
Using a bone densitometer, physicians can measure patient bone density and follow it over time. If the patient’s bone density is low, or decreases at an abnormally fast rate, the patient may be at risk for osteoporosis. Through changes in diet, exercise habits and/or medication, further deterioration of bone can be prevented.
“The Prodigy Pro bone densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip, and forearm, which are the most frequent sites of fracture”, explained Dr Darryl Jackson, Chief of Staff at Prague Community Hospital.
“In just 12 minutes, this highly precise densitometer helps us to identify osteoporosis risk. It can also aid in determining the effects of osteoporosis treatment.”
Dr. Jackson encourages individuals to talk to your physician and be evaluated for a bone density examination. “There is no special preparation involved for the patient. The exam is very brief and is a comfortable procedure for the patient,” he said. The hospital can perform scans ordered by any physician.
For scheduling contact: Prague Community Hospital at (405) 567-4922. The staff will also assist you with obtaining pre-authorization from your insurance carrier if needed.