Measuring Bone Density
The GE Prodigy Advance is the latest generation of bone densitometers on the market to date. Designed to measure bone density, mineral contents and the risk of fracture on the lumbar spine, the hips, the forearms and the body as a whole, the DEXA examination forewarns of the danger of osteoporosis ahead of any manifested complaints making early medical treatment possible before serious complications should set in! This is the most accepted method not only for determining osteoporosis but also for following up on the treatment’s effectiveness or the condition’s deterioration.
Measuring Total Body Mass
At the time of the whole body mass measurement, the fat and muscle mass and ratio may be measured allowing us to determine early on from the location of the body fat and type of obesity, the risk of certain illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Information regarding the effectiveness of the prescribed exercises can be shown and the percentage of fat decrease and muscle mass increase are shown numerically.
Before the examination, you will be asked several questions regarding illnesses and fractures that may have occurred in your family history. These will be entered into our database. The densitometric (DEXA) examination is painless. All you will be asked to do is to remain completely still for a few minutes while lying in the prone position on t he machine.
Anyone with increased bone loss may fracture a wrist even in a relatively small fall. It may be that a heavy basket, package may cause the lower back or the back to crack causing serious pain. In these cases, the vertebrae may collapse again causing pain and permanent neurological complaints such a herniated disc, numbness in the legs or even paralysis.
The Examination Process
The dexa examination is completely painless. You will have to lie remain completely motionless while lying on your back. All metal (jewelry) has to be removed. Once the results are in showing metabolic problems or osteoporosis, you will be referred to the appropriate doctor, rheumatologist or gynecologist for treatment.