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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.


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