What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a gradual thinning and weakening of the bones. It is often called the “silent disease,” as there are rarely any signs until a lot of bone has been lost. Visible symptoms may include loss of height along with curvature of the upper back. Osteoporosis also can result in a crippling and painful fracture, occurring most often in the hip, back, or wrist.
What are the Risk Factors of Osteoporosis?
• Female • Removal of Ovaries • Caucasian
• Early Menopause • Advanced Age • Low Calcium Diet
• History of Bone Fracture • Lack of Exercise • Small thin frame
• Eating Disorder • Alcohol and Tobacco Use
• Family History of Osteoporosis • Certain medication e.g. Corticosteriods or anticonvulsants
What is the radiation dose I am exposed to during a Total Body Composition scan?
As you can see, iDXA Total Body Composition scans expose patients to minimal radiation doses, approximately 0.2% of annual background radiation dose.
What age group is recommended for a Total Body Composition scan?
We recommend adults over 18 years. Younger people may still be growing and their body composition can alter quickly.
How often can I have a Total Body Composition Scan?
We recommend every 3-6 months to reassess changes in your body composition.