New Technology at Baptist Health Corbin Helps Fight Against Osteoporosis
Twenty-five million Americans have osteoporosis (most common bone disease). Fifty thousand people die each year because of it. 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. A new bone densitometer was recently installed at the Baptist Outpatient Diagnostic Center.
The GE Lunar bone densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip, and other bones which are the most frequent sites of fracture. In a matter of minutes, this highly precise densitometer helps us identify risk at a much earlier stage. It can also evaluate response to treatment so that we know whether our therapy is effective or if we need to modify our approach. The new Bone Density device now provides a more time efficient way for us to evaluate for osteoporosis. It is faster than our previous CT evaluation, and scheduling will become easier due to the dedication of the bone density unit, which will not compete for time with the CT. In addition, all information regarding the study will now be available for the patient’s Physician through the PACs system.
Baptist Health Corbin encourages individuals to visit the Baptist Outpatient Diagnostic Center for their bone density examination or if they have questions about the exam, they can call the Outpatient Center at 606-528-0621. There is no special preparation involved for the patient and to perform the exam all we need is an order from the patient’s physician. The exam is very brief and is a comfortable procedure for the patient.