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New Bone Densitometry Scanner Available Onsite at Memorial Hospital

Published on January 30, 2023

New Bone Densitometry (DXA) Scanner at Memorial Hospital in Aurora NebraskaMemorial Community Health, Inc. (MCHI) in Aurora, Nebraska is pleased to announce the addition of a state-of-the-art Bone Densitometry scanner to Memorial Hospital's on-site imaging services, offering patients more immediate access to local bone density screening capability.

A DXA scan, also called a DEXA scan or bone density test, is an imaging test that measures bone mineral density or bone strength. It helps doctors assess your risk for fractures and diagnose osteoporosis, osteopenia and other bone diseases. Prior to the installation of the DXA scanner equipment, bone density testing was available to MCHI patients through a bi-monthly mobile service. With the scanner now installed at Memorial Hospital, scans can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

"We are excited to be able to offer the convenience of timely access to bone density screening when and as needed," says Angie Paschke, MCHI's Radiology Supervisor. "By having more immediate testing available, results are received sooner allowing providers to implement an appropriate treatment plan immediately, if needed."

About Bone Densitometry (DXA) Scanning:
DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scans measure bone density by passing a high and low energy x-ray beam through the body, primarily in the hip and spine. These scans are vital for diagnosing osteoporosis and bone thinning and are used to track changes in bone density over time. Results can predict possible fractures which allow for medical providers to implement treatment plans to improve bone strength or prevent worsening conditions. DXA scans utilize a very minimal amount of radiation, which creates a safe environment for patients and technologists to obtain bone density results.

Who Qualifies for Bone Density Testing?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends the measurement of bone mineral density of the hip and spine for the following:
• Women 65 years and older and men 70 years and older
• Younger postmenopausal women, women in menopausal transition, and men 50 – 69 years of age with clinical risk factors for fractures
• Adults who have a fracture after age 50
• Adults with specific conditions or prescribed medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Memorial Community Health – Radiology at 402-694-8258.