Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates has a state of the art on-site bone densitometer for osteoporosis screening. A bone density scan is a quick and simple test, which is essentially a modified X-ray of the spine and pelvis, exposing the patient to very minimal radiation.

If any of these conditions apply to you then you should talk to your doctor about bone density scanning. Timely diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis has been shown to significantly reduce the odds of another fracture in the future.

NWOA has recently partnered with the American Orthopedic Association as part of the Own the Bone programâ„¢ to increase public awareness and identification of osteoporosis. We are able to provide a bone density scan for you in our office, osteoporosis counseling, and referral for treatment. Any physician, including your primary care physician can refer you to NWOA if you wish to undergo this simple, non-invasive assessment.

Current Indications for Bone Density Testing (DEXA Scan)

If any of the below apply, you should discuss the possibility of bone density scanning with your primary care physician or orthopedic surgeon.

Women:

  • Age 65 and older
  • Who are postmenopausal
  • Who are in the menopausal transition if there is a specific risk factor associated with increased fracture risk such as low body weight, prior low-trauma fracture or high risk medication
  • Who have a fracture after age 50
  • Who have a medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or who have taken steroid medications for greater than 3 months
  • Who are being considered for medical treatment for osteoporosis
  • Who are being treated for osteoporosis, to monitor treatment effect
  • Who are postmenopausal women and are discontinuing hormone replacement

Men:

  • Older than age 70
  • Who have sustained a fracture after the age of 50
  • Older than age 50 with low body weight or who smoke cigarettes
  • Who have a medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or who have taken steroid medications for greater than 3 months
  • Who are being considered for medical treatment for osteoporosis
  • Who are being treated for osteoporosis, to monitor treatment effect

Source: The National Osteoporosis Foundation 2010

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