Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become less dense, more fragile and easier to break, is a common problem, especially among older women. It is a silent and painless disease, usually going unnoticed until a break occurs in the hip, spine or wrist. In fact, many instances of an elderly person’s falling and breaking a hip actually happens in reverse: the brittle pelvic bone simply gives way, and the patient falls as a result. And by that time, osteoporosis has often caused a loss of bone density that cannot be reversed.
To diagnose osteoporosis at an early stage, NuHealth’s Department of Radiology at Nassau University Medical Center performs DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorption) Bone Densitometry scans. These fast, safe, painless and non-invasive scans provide the information your doctor needs to keep your bones healthy and strong.
To schedule a DEXA exam at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6635.