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Bone Density Screening at Saint Vincent Hospital

As women age, bone mass declines faster than new bone can form. For many women, the result is osteoporosis, a potentially crippling disease that makes bones weak and susceptible to fractures. While osteoporosis is often thought of as an older person’s disease, it can strike at any age. Often a woman will not realize she has osteoporosis until a minor fall, sudden strain or even a firm hand shake causes a bone to break.

It is estimated that one in two women will have an osteoporosis-related bone fracture. That’s why, if you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of osteoporosis, it’s vital to get a bone densitometry test.

Bone density screening at the Saint Vincent Women’s Center

Bone density can be measured with a safe, simple, painless scan of the hips and spine called bone densitometry, or a DEXA scan. The scan helps your physician detect osteoporosis earlier than a routine X-ray, so that treatment can begin before a fracture occurs. Bone densitometry can:

  • Assess your chance of fracture in the future
  • Determine your rate of bone loss
  • Help your physician monitor the effects of osteoporosis treatment


Trust the region's leader

Saint Vincent is the region’s premier provider of osteoporosis education, prevention, diagnosis, community screenings, bone densitometry testing and treatment. At the Saint Vincent Outpatient Center at Union City, your test will be scheduled quickly, completed in friendly, comfortable surroundings and efficiently interpreted by one of Saint Vincent’s two dedicated rheumatologists.

For more information, call the Saint Vincent Women’s Center at 814.438.1000.