44 million Americans have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis

May is National Osteoporosis Month. According to the National Council for Aging Care and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 44 million Americans aged 50 and older either have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis due to low bone density levels. What many may not know is that osteoporosis is not only treatable, but can be reversed with proper … Read More

Osteoporosis Awareness: bone density scans detect low bone mass

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more … Read More

What is Paget’s disease of bone?

Paget’s disease is a chronic condition which interferes with your body’s normal bone remodeling process. Bone remodeling is a process in which new bone tissue gradually replaces old bone tissue. This relationship is vital to maintain normal calcium levels in our blood. Over time, the disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget’s disease of bone most … Read More

The important role DEXA play in diagnosing weak bone structures

About 54 million adults in the United States are affected by osteoporosis and osteopenia (which means low bone mass). These conditions significantly increase the risk for serious spine, hip and thigh fractures that can cause long-term disability, considerable discomfort and long-term recovery. Although osteoporosis occurs most commonly in menopausal women, anyone can develop the disease. Understanding your risks for osteoporosis can play a very … Read More

The facts on FRAX for the Northshore

With an upgrade in Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology coming in July 2017 for the Diagnostic Imaging Services Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 facilities, we wanted to provide information on the benefits people will have when undergoing DEXA exams at DIS on the Northshore. DEXA uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside … Read More

Osteoporosis assessment and prevention

Osteoporosis is a common problem that causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened, and easily fractured. Fortunately, preventative treatments are available that can help to maintain or increase bone density. For those already affected by osteoporosis, prompt diagnosis of bone loss and assessment of fracture risk are essential because therapies are available that can slow further loss of bone or … Read More

Facts about your bones and osteoporosis

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. In conjunction with the observance, here are some interesting facts to consider and understand: Bone is living, growing tissue that is both flexible and strong.  Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone.  Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both.  … Read More

DIS participates in “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” family fair in New Orleans

Providing screening heel ultrasound tests was the reason Diagnostic Imaging Services was on hand at the “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” family fair on August 17, 2013. We met many fine people who brought their families to gather information on a variety of services, from health to dental to financial. DIS brought our portable heel ultrasound unit in order to screen … Read More

Warning signs your bones are thinning

We all know an older person with osteoporosis — it’s one of the most common problems of aging, striking more than half of all adults over age 50. And we all hope osteoporosis doesn’t happen to us, since weak bones can lead to fractures, and fractures, in turn, lead to all sorts of scary consequences. But how do you know if your bones … Read More

Ways to fight osteoporosis

–By Tammy Worth, Health.com Most people know calcium strengthens bones. But there are more than a dozen other ways to fight osteoporosis, the silent, bone-thinning condition that can lead to fractures, back and neck pain, and a loss of up to 6 inches of height over time. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it’s more common in women, … Read More