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A DEXA scan can show whether a person’s bones have lost density and have a high risk of fracturing. This can help doctors diagnose and assess osteoporosis, which causes bones to become more fragile.
Diagnosing and treating osteoporosis early can keep it from worsening and reduce the risk of fractures. After the first DEXA scan, a doctor may schedule another in a few years to look for any changes. These scans can help indicate how effective osteoporosis treatments are because they can show whether the condition is staying the same, declining or improving.
The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that women over 65 and men over 70 have at least one DEXA scan. The ideal frequency may vary, depending on the results. People receiving treatment for osteoporosis my require a scan every 1 or 2 years.
The foundation also recommends a scan for anyone who has gone through menopause before age 65 and has any factor for low bone density, such as steroid medication use or low body weight. Overall, females tend to develop loss of bone density sooner that males.
REASON FOR REQUEST
Healthcare focus on wellness would dictate that screening tests covered by insurance should contribute to the overall health of our population…the mammograms, DEXAs, Low Dose lung screenings and ultrasound aorta/carotid exams would comprise a near complete program.
Older women and men suffer needlessly with bone weakness causing hip fractures and painful compression spine fractures in an environment where medication can help prevent these life-threatening events. Studies show about 20% one-year mortality rate following a hip fracture.
The DEXA Scan is able to determine body composition (body fat percentage) which is offered to patients who wish to better understand their health and wellness.
This exam costs around $200. A new scanner would outperform the current scanner we have, providing a quicker result for the patient. The scanner we have will not be supported by software updates after 2023.
Your donation today invests in the future of healthcare for generations to come in McKenzie County.
If you are interested in providing a check by mail for your donation, please issue the check to Benefit Fund of McKenzie Health and mail to: Benefit Fund of McKenzie Health, Attn: Lynn Welker, PO Box 1461, Watford City, ND 58854. Please include your contact information (email and/or phone number) with the check, so Lynn can reach out to you with any questions.
When you join the leadership giving circles at the Benefit Fund of McKenzie Health, it is a game changer for the organization.
Major impact gifts that assist with construction, equipment, or important projects can be distributed across multiple years. Please contact Lynn Welker, Chief Development Officer, to discuss the many options that are available.
In lieu of flowers, commemorate your loved one by making a donation to the Benefit Fund of McKenzie Health.