Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide. The healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis are staggering and the effect on a patient's quality of life can be devastating.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a bone density test or DXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry). The scan is painless, non invasive and involves minimal radiation exposure.
Measurements are most commonly made over the lumbar spine and the proximal femur. The forearm may be scanned if either the hip or lumbar spine is not accessible.
There is an association between poor bone density and higher probability of fracture. Bone density measurements are used to screen for osteoporosis risk and identify those who might benefit from measures to improve bone strength.
Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable. Our Bone Densitometry Unit not only offers a superb diagnostic tool to support the early detection and treatment of osteoporosis, but offers a comprehensive platform for bone health assessment, obesity assessment and visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease.
At Western Health both clinical and research patients are scanned on a Hologic QDR Discovery densitometer.
Most clinical patients are covered by a Medicare rebate.
Doctors can make bookings by printing and completing the below form. Referrals can be faxed to: 03 8395 8258Bone Density Unit Referral Form