As you grow older,you want to stay healthy and strong so you can take part in the same activities you’ve always enjoyed. One component of health that often gets overlooked is bone health. Osteoporosis and osteopenia, caused by calcium loss in your bones, are serious diseases for both men and women. A bone density scan every two years helps you keep track of your bone health and minimize bone loss.
What is a Bone Density Scan?
A bone density scan is designed to find whether you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and is most frequently done on post-menopausal women. Our caring Associates explain the process to you and help you feel at ease during your scan. A bone density scan is summarized by the following characteristics:
- Scans the spine, hip and forearm
- Scans are very fast: it only takes about 20 seconds per scan for a total of 20 minutes
- Test is noninvasive and painless
- You wear your own clothes
Centegra Health System offers bone density scans at several locations throughout McHenry County.
- Centegra Hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock
- Outpatient centers: Centegra Health Center – Huntley and Crystal Lake Medical Arts
To schedule an appointment at any facility, call (815) 334.5566.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can my doctor tell if I have bone loss?
Your doctor uses your scan results to compare t-scores, to scores from your peak age of 35, when your bones are the healthiest.
What will the doctor want me to do if I have bone loss?
There are several easy lifestyle changes that help stabilize bone loss. These small changes go a long way toward regaining strength.
- Increase calcium intake with foods and supplements.
- Different medications are available to stop or slow bone loss. Such medications include: Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel and Evista.
- Increase weight-bearing exercise.
Any additional questions you may have before the procedure may be directed to the Associates at the facility where you will receive your scan.