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Bone Density Studies


The most effective test when screening for osteoporosis, or trying to detect the early onset of the disease, is a bone densiometry scan. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes thinning and weakening of normal bone. When this occurs, a patient with osteoporosis will have a higher risk of a bone fracture due to their inability to adequately support the weight of their body.

High Definition Instant Vertebral Fracture Assessment (IVA-HD)  - The IVA-HD tool dramatically improves the detection of vertebral fractures by doubling the resolution of previously available techniques with a low-dose, single-energy image.

Abdominal Aortic Calcification - The IVA-HD tool also allows physicians to visualize calcified plaques in the abdominal aorta, which may be a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke.

Advanced Body Composition Assessment and InnerCore Visceral Fat Assessment - Our Advanced Body Composition assessment produces color images displaying the distribution of fat, lean mass, bone and fat mass index.

FRAX* 10-year Fracture Risk Assessment - The FRAX fracture risk assessment tool calculates a patient’s 10-year probability of hip and other osteoporotic fractures.

Although this test requires special equipment, it is completely safe and exposes patients to a very small amount of radiation.

Learn More About Mercy Gilbert's Women's Imaging Center

Questions or concerns about your bone density study or to schedule and appointment, please call us at 480.728.PINK (7465).