Osteoporosis and Bone Density Testing Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a gradual thinning and weakening of bones, which can lead to bone fractures. Over 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women, have or are at risk of developing this condition. Since osteoporosis is often referred to as a “silent disease”, many are less likely to find out they have it until they suffer a painful bone fracture. Few women know that a quick and painless test can detect bone loss associated with osteoporosis early, before it causes fractures. Catawba Women's Center has added bone densitometry as an on-site diagnostic tool. The test enables us to identify whether you are at risk for fracture by comparing your bone density to your own age group and to a younger age group. The test is completely painless and provides your bone density results in a few minutes. Typically a bone densitometry test involves a measurement of your spine and/or hip. The following are all risk factors for osteoporosis: Small, thin frame Female Asian ancestry Excessive alcohol intake Sedentary lifestyle Avoidance of dairy foods Low vitamin D intake Low calcium intake Family history of Osteoporosis Caucasian ancestry Early menopause Excessive caffeine intake Smoker Never taken estrogen Rheumatoid arthritis Use of corticosteroids Would you like to know if you are at risk? Please call our office at (828) 322-4140 to schedule an appointment. For further information please see the ACOG Patient Information about Osteoporosis. Bone Density Testing Bone Density Testing technology available at Catawba Women’s Center using the GE HealthCare Lunar can help you prevent a painful bone fracture. In one simple and painless exam, we can assess your risk and, if necessary, suggest guidelines to help you prevent a fracture. Osteoporosis can’t be reversed, but early detection is the key to keeping you strong. Ask your physician or provider if a bone density test may be right for you. Physicians and technologists at Catawba Women’s Center are certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. For further information please see the Patient Information section on the web site of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).