Bone Density

DEXA

Our state-of-the-art GE-Lunar Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) system is located at our Laguna Woods facility. This scanner determines bone density at the hip and spine, the most widely accepted way to screen, diagnose and track osteoporosis and osteopenia (early stage of osteoporosis).
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. It affects millions of women and men and is a leading cause of hip and vertebral fractures, loss of height and disability. If not prevented or treated, osteoporosis can progress without symptoms, yet it is easily and safely diagnosed through bone densitometry. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density screening for women under age 65 with one or more risk factors and for women age 65 and over regardless of other risk factors. The following risk factors are:

  • Age – Bones naturally become weaker as you age – the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends all women 65 and older obtain a bone mineral density exam
  • Race – Caucasian and Asian women are more likely to succumb to osteoporosis
  • Bone Structure – Small boned and underweight women are at a greater risk
  • Family History – Young women whose mothers have a history of vertebral (spine)
  • Lifestyle – Cigarette smoking, alcohol, lack of weight bearing exercise influence bone strength
  • Diet – lack of calcium
  • Medications – side effects can cause bone weakness
  • Early Menopause – women who experience early menopause with at least oneadditional risk factor
  • Post Menopausal – women who present with fractures

CT Bone Mineral Density

Orange County Diagnostics also offers bone density testing on our Siemens CT scanner. Your referring physician may opt for this modality based on your condition and prior exams.

Locations

Laguna Woods
24301 Paseo De Valencia
Suite 100
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

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Irvine
15500 Sand Canyon
Suite 120
Irvine, CA 92618

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Santa Ana
999 N. Tustin Ave.
Suite 13
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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Long Beach
2690 Pacific Ave.,
Suite 200
Long Beach, CA 90806

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