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Bone Density Scan

Bone Density ScanOsteoporosis, the softening of the bones, can cause bones to become weak and break more easily.

The disease can occur as a result of natural aging, post-menopausal estrogen deficiency, secondary conditions that adversely impact bone metabolism and can sometimes even be traced to childhood.

A bone density test, or Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorption (DEXA) exam, can diagnose osteoporosis, estimate the density of bones and the risk of breaking a bone. A bone density exam is fast, inexpensive and requires no prior preparation. Clothing does not need to be removed.

The Saint Joseph Center for Women's Health generally recommends a bone density test for women over 65 as well as younger postmenopausal women with risk factors for osteoporosis. Ask your physician if you should get a scan.

Bone density scans are offered at the following locations:

Center for Women's Health, Mishawaka
Saint Joseph Medical Imaging Center, South Bend
SJRMC - Plymouth Campus

To schedule a scan at any of our locations, call our Appointment Center at 574.335.4500.

Saint Joseph Health System  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574.335.5000

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