Bone Density Testing
Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide, resulting in a related fracture every 3 seconds. To help you determine, prevent and manage you risk, Cape Cod Healthcare provides the latest in bone density screenings and assessments.
Why might I need a bone density test?
Osteoporosis in women and men can occur with no symptoms. Regular screening via a bone mineral density (BMD) test can determine the strength of your bones. This test, often done on a hip, spine, forearm, wrist, finger or heel, is a painless way to diagnose bone health.
Bone density testing may be used to:
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already had a bone fracture
- Predict your chances of fracturing a bone in the future
- Determine your rate of bone loss
- See if treatment is working
In addition to a BMD test, a clinician will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and possibly consult lab tests. Exam information will also be screened through a FRAX® calculator to determine your risk of fracture.
Screening locations across Cape Cod
Bone density screening is provided at:
Understanding the strength of your bones can help determine measures to prevent fractures due to osteoporosis. You can schedule a bone density exam, with an order from your primary care physician or gynecologist, by calling contact Cape Cod Healthcare central scheduling at 877-224-2009.