What is Osteoporosis?
What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis, literally meaning ‘porous bones’, is a chronic, progressive disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Osteoporosis usually affects the whole skeleton but it most commonly causes breaks (fractures) to the bone in the wrist, spine and hip. If left undiagnosed and untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a fracture occurs due to a simple strain, a bump or a fall. Women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men are.
Here at Spiddal Medical Centre, we have been carrying out DXA Bone Scans for over 15 years. Our doctors are experts in Osteoporosis diagnosis and management.
Osteoporosis is a silent illness that can easily be diagnosed by a Bone Scan. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have a fracture due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis occurs gradually as we get older. However it may occur at a much younger age and can be associated with the following:
• Amenorrhoea - absent periods (annorexia/low body weight)
• Chronic illness - e.g.Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Respiratory Illness, Coeliac Disease.
• Medication - Thyroid treatment or Steroids (Cortisone)
• Early Menopause
• Family History of Osteoporosis
The danger of osteoporosis is a likelihood of bony fractures - especially of your hips and spine. Those types of fractures can not only lead to chronic ill health for the remainder of one’s life but also increase mortality. Modern medication can reverse and cure osteoporosis.
What is a DXA Bone Scan?
This is a Bone Scan carried out on a DXA scanner which measures the density of your bony skeleton and can diagnose the presence of osteoporosis.
The DXA scans your lower spine and both hips. Following your scan, results are given to you directly.
If required, your doctor will be sent a full report of your DXA Bone Scan results along with management recommendations.
How to book a DXA Bone Scan?
Appointments may be made by phone to our reception staff or via email.
We are an internationally society of densiometry certified centre. Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 10am - 5 pm.
The DXA Bone Scan is carried out by our practice nurse and may take approximately 30 minutes duration.
All DXA Scan results are reported in full by a doctor and report may be forwarded to both you and your GP if required.
You are asked to attend 10 minutes prior to your appointment to register your details and to complete a Bone health /Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Questionnaire.
DXA Bone Scan €100