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Mammography and Dual-Energy X-ray

Mammography

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examining the breasts. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis. Accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Imaging of the breast improves a physician's ability to detect small tumors. When cancers are small, women have more treatment options and a cure is more likely.

Dual-Energy X-Ray Bone Density (Dexa) Scanning

Every day, physicians use x-rays to view and evaluate bone fractures and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system. However, a plain x-ray test is not the best way to assess bone density. To detect osteoporosis accurately, doctors use an enhanced form of x-ray technology called dual-energy x-ray bone density (Dexa) scanning. Dexa is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss.

Dexa bone densitometry is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. The DXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures.

Bone density testing is strongly recommended if you:

  • Are a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen.
  • Have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking.
  • Are a post-menopausal woman who is tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds).
  • Are a man with clinical conditions associated with bone loss.
  • Use medications that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure
        medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs.
  • Have type 1 (formerly called juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of
        osteoporosis.
  • Have high bone turnover, which shows up in the form of excessive collagen in urine samples.
  • Have a thyroid condition, such as hyperthroidism.
  • Have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma.
  • Have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis

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