Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone becomes extremely fragile. As we get older, bones begin to break down faster than new bone can be formed. Osteoporosis removes minerals from bones until they become so weak and brittle. Even coughing, bending, lifting can cause a fracture. Hip fractures may require surgery and may result in disability or even death. An osteoporosis screening is performed by you to place your foot in an ultrasound device called a bone densitometer. The device measures the bone mineral density of your heel. The heel is measured because its bone is similar to that found in the hip, where fractures most often occur. Add this exam if you have the risk factors or family history associated with the disease.
But if you already received a DEXA scan, you do not need to add this exam. Continue to work with your doctor. $49.00