Diagnosing and Treating Osteoporosis

It is estimated that at age 50, a woman has nearly a 40 percent chance of developing an osteoporotic fracture during her remaining lifetime. A woman's lifetime risk of hip fracture alone is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer — and up to 20 percent more women who suffer hip fractures die within one year of the fracture than those of a similar age who haven't suffered a hip fracture.

What Services Does Northern Nevada Imaging Offer?

Northern Nevada Imaging offers complete screening, diagnosis and treatment services for osteoporosis and related conditions. A bone density measurement can help your doctor diagnose osteoporosis. Early detection using bone density measurement is the best way to protect yourself from the potentially debilitating effects of osteoporosis.

What is a Bone Density Measurement?

A bone density measurement will determine your bone mineral density (BMD) for the area measured and compare that result with the average BMD of young normal adults of your sex and race at peak BMD. This information will help your doctor determine if you need to take certain steps to protect your bone health. Bone density measurement is simple, safe, noninvasive and painless, and you don't need to undress.

How Long Does a Measurement Take?

Northern Nevada Imaging uses an advanced bone density diagnostic device, the DEXA. A DEXA study takes about 30 minutes. You will be asked to be very still during that time.

How Much radiation Will I Be Exposed To?

You will be exposed to very little radiation — in fact, in most cases, less than a standard chest X-ray. As with any medical procedure, be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothing, preferably something without metal buttons or zippers.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment for a bone density DEXA study, please call 775-356-5800.