Sequoia Hospital Now Offering Advanced Bone Density Screening


New service provides non-invasive, 20-minute screening critical to maintaining bone health

REDWOOD CITY, CA (January 27, 2020) –  Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is now offering advanced bone density screening through its Women’s Diagnostic Center, located adjacent to the main hospital, thanks to generous community donations through the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

“We are thrilled to offer this important screening to our community,” said Bill Graham, President and CEO of Sequoia Hospital. “The screening will help clinicians assess bone health, body composition, and cardiovascular risk—all critical components to keeping patients healthy and active.” 

A baseline bone density screening is recommended for women over 55 and men younger than 70 if clinical risk factors are present, and women 65 or older and men 70 or older without clinical risk factors. 

The screening, which measures how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone, safely and accurately measures density as a predictor for osteoporosis and future fracture risk. Measuring three key spots on the body—lower spine, thigh/hip, and forearm—the non-invasive screening takes approximately 20 minutes to perform, is painless, and offers extremely low radiation exposure.

Patients do not need to remove their clothes during the screening. Following the test, a radiologist will review the results and communicate with the patient and/or her or his doctor. 

Treating osteoporosis consists of stopping bone loss and rebuilding bone to prevent fractures. Proper diet, exercise and medications can help prevent further bone loss and reduce the risk of breaks. 

Patients interested in bone density screening require a referral from their primary care provider. For more information about the screening, please call the Sequoia Hospital Women’s Diagnostic Center at 650.261.2300
 
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About Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas. To learn more, please visit dignityhealth.org/sequoia. To support programs at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, visit the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

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