Bone Density Analysis:
The AP Spine is an ideal site for measuring a patient’s bone mineral density. This is due to the fact that it is a weight bearing area and is prone to osteoporotic fractures. The spine’s high concentration of metabolically active trabecular (soft, spongy) bone makes it the most sensitive site for monitoring response to therapy.
Bone mineral density (BMD) of the proximal femur is clearly the most important measurement in relation to risk of hip fracture, and even other osteoporotic fractures.
Complete Body Composition Analysis:
Nutrition, exercise and aging may have profound effects on an individual’s body composition.
Body composition measurement with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)* can look beyond weight and the traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat distribution – an important risk factor in a variety of serious diseases.
Today’s body composition measurement tools can even make athletes make decisions on the training regimens they use to achieve the best performance.
In all these cases, body composition scans measurement contributes to a thorough patient evaluation and helps physicians monitor the effects of therapy, diet or exercise.