Renaissance Women's Group – Austin OBGYN

Bone Density Screening

Bone Density Screening is fast and painless.

Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. The lifetime risk of hip fracture in women is greater than the risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer combined. After age sixty-five, the incidence of hip fractures in women is greater than the incidence of stroke, breast cancer and diabetes. One in every two women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture. Studies estimate up to 20 percent of women with an osteoporotic fracture will die within 1 year from related disability.

This information makes clear the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of bone loss in an effort to prevent osteoporosis. We provide both peripheral heel bone density screening as well as central bone density. Bone density testing is appropriate for women with risk factors, such as family history, eating disorders, thyroid disease, long intervals of absent menses, and use of medications that adversely affect bones such as Depo-Provera and steroids. Women who are peri-menopausal/menopausal should also consider bone density testing as bone loss usually increases after menses cease.

Bone Density screenings are fast and painless.  The procedure is done in a quiet, relaxing room and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

To schedule your bone density screening, contact your Renaissance Women’s Group Physician’s office. Our technician, Beth, is certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Your test results are available immediately and copies of the results are given to you and your RWG physician.