Why is a Bone Mineral Density Test Performed?

Hometown Pharmacy uses the Sunlight MiniOmni Bone Sonometer to provide bone density assessments to patients. It provides affordable, accurate, and reliable results using a safe and non-invasive monitoring of your bones. It measures Speed of Sound (SOS) expressed as meters per second. SOS is a proven parameter to measure bone density since multiple bone properties – microstructure, elasticity, cortical thickness, and bone density – are accounted for in the result.

General Information

The National Institutes of Health Recommend That the Following People Get Preventative Screenings of Their Bone Mineral Density (NIH):

  •    All women over the age of 65
  •    Women over the age of 60 who are at high risk for osteoporosis
  •    Men over the age of 70
  •    People taking glucocorticoid medications (those prescribed for autoimmune disorders) for two months or longer
Women Have an Increased Risk for Osteoporosis if They Smoke or Have:

  •    Chronic kidney disease
  •    Early menopause
  •    An eating disorder
  •    A family history of osteoporosis
  •    A “fragility fracture” (a broken bone caused by regular activities)
  •    Regular alcohol consumption (three or more drinks per day)
  •    Rheumatoid arthritis
  •    A significant loss of height (a sign of compression fractures in the spinal column)
Osteoporosis is Preventable and Treatable.

Unfortunately, 75% of women with osteoporosis go undiagnosed and untreated. A simple screening test can help your health care provider determine your risk of developing osteoporosis before you fracture. Be sure to call your Hometown Pharmacy to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest!

Bone Density

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