Bone Density Scans in Salinas Valley
Monterey Peninsula Osteoporosis Diagnosis
A bone density scan is the definitive diagnostic test to determine whether
or not you have
osteoporosis, a skeletal disease that makes bones brittle. Before bone density scans,
doctors were rarely able to diagnosis the disease until a patient broke
a bone and the weak bones could be observed. Now we have the technology
to diagnose and treat the condition before a patient is injured.
What Happens During Bone Density Test?
There are a few ways to perform a bone density test. The most common procedure
proceeds as follows:
- Patients lie down, fully clothed, on a long table with arms by their side.
- An x-ray machine scans over your back and hips, taking detailed pictures
of your bones. The process is painless and the patient is exposed to minimal,
safe amounts of radiation.
- The test ends after 15 to 20 minutes, and patients are free to return home.
Results of the test are measured in two results known as the T-score and
Z-score. The T-score is a measurement of the deviations your bones have
compared to the healthy standard for your age and sex. The Z-score measures
other factors that impact your bone health, and may signify if your bone
weakness is caused by something other than aging or natural processes.
At Salinas Valley Medical Clinic, should your results show that you have
are in the early stages of osteoporosis, the experienced medical staff
will immediately recommend treatment options. These can include medications,
a new diet, or hormone therapy. Our team keeps up with new developments
in medicine to ensure patients receive the newest, most effective treatments.