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Carbondale, PA
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SERVICES: BONE DENSITY (OSTEOPOROSIS)

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Marian Community Hospital is now performing bone density scans which aid in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and other degenerative and metabolic bone diseases.

Osteoporosis affects over 25 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Half of all American women over age 50 can expect an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. This year some 200,000 women will experience a broken hip directly related to osteoporosis.

The loss of calcium from bones can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disorder in which bone mass decreases due to the loss of calcium. Osteoporosis is known as a silent disease. By the time that the symptoms are detected, the disease is usually in an advanced stage. Calcium is deposited in the bones until about age 30, after which people gradually lose bone tissue. This loss accelerates in women after menopause because they produce less estrogen, the main hormone that keeps bones strong. Years of low calcium, combined with other risk factors, result in bones that are brittle weak, and easily fracture.

While there is no cure for osteoporosis, it is important that women receive accurate diagnosis of bone density. To give the people of our service area that assurance, Marian Community Hospital has acquired the Picker Bone Density Scanning System. This advance technology software package is what we believe will provide the most accurate solution in the tracking or management of degenerative and metabolic bone diseases, such as osteoporosis.

By incorporating the principles of CT scanning to measure bone density against an established standard, the software is able to provide a complete data analysis in less than four minutes. The procedure is both painless and simple. One merely lies on the scanner bed and is carried through the filming area of the scanner.

Osteoporosis is to serious to go unchecked, discuss your concerns with your family physician, and ask about the Bone Density Scan at Marian Community Hospital. For more information or to schedule a Bone Density Scan, call the Radiology Department at (570) 281-1092.

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