Maintaining healthy bones is a crucial part of promoting longevity and sustaining optimal health. As women get older, bone health becomes a central concern, as menopause and changes in hormone levels can deplete bones of their density and strength.

At Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), our highly skilled specialists are dedicated to providing women with accurate, effective bone imaging services so that:

  • Bone health issues can be diagnosed in their early stages
  • Women can immediately start receiving treatment for their bone health complications
  • Women can prevent further, more serious health problems and regain their optimal health

Osteoporosis & Risk Factors
A significant health issue women face, particularly as they age, is osteoporosis. Because osteoporosis tends to develop without any definitive symptoms, if left untreated, this condition can dramatically decrease women's bone density and strength. Ultimately, osteoporosis can put women at a high risk of experiencing serious fractures; however, as with breast health issues, osteoporosis is highly responsive to treatment if it is diagnosed and treated in its earlier stages.

Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • A family history of the condition
  • A personal medical history of eating disorders, chemotherapy and / or radiation
  • Being thin
  • Caucasian ethnicity
  • Drinking carbonated beverages on a regular basis
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Smoking

Our Bone Imaging Tests
At LLUMC, specialists diagnose osteoporosis by measuring body composition and bone mineral density using DXA scans, which measures the density of the bones. DXA uses low energy X-rays. This simple, painless procedure takes only 20 minutes to perform. To effectively diagnose osteoporosis and other bone health problems, our experts may use a combination of bone imaging tests, including but not limited to:

  • CT scans
  • Dual X-Ray Absorptometry (DXA or DEXA) – the use of two x-ray beams, which have different energies, to measure the density of a patient's bones
  • Ultrasounds

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