Mount Carmel offers a variety of painless, noninvasive tests and instructive tools that can measure bone mass and help prevent, diagnose or treat osteoporosis. Among the available tests are:
- Quantitative Ultrasound Screening - Measures bone density at the heel using sound waves rather than radiation. An ideal way to detect low bone density and identify those who would benefit from a DEXA scan.
- DEXA Scan - Can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs, predict the chance of a future fracture, determine the rate of bone loss, and monitor the effects of treatment. A physician referral is required.
Our women's health nurse practitioners offer counseling to help patients slow bone loss and increase bone thickness through diet, exercise and more. We also offer a Physical Therapy Program for Women that includes an evaluation with an experienced physical therapist and a personalized exercise program to help improve posture and strength, prevent falls and decrease the risk for fractures.
For more information about bone densitometry and bone health services at Mount Carmel, call 614-234-2900.