Bone Density Scan
We measure bone mineral density with QCT. QCT stands for quantitative computed tomography; it is a low-dose CT scan with special software that can be used to diagnose or monitor osteoporosis. NOF (Non-ossifying fibroma) considers QCT safe and effective for the evaluation of bone mineral density. Testing for low bone density is simple, cost-effective and can identify those at increased risk of osteoporosis before outward signs appear. As with many other conditions, early detection is the key to the best diagnosis and treatment possible.
Who should get tested?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends a bone mineral density test for
- women age 65 and older
- women ages 60 to 64 with risk factors for osteoporosis
- women over 45 who have broken any bones
- men age 50 to 69 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
- men age 70 or older, even without any risk factors
Osteoporsis risk factors include: female gender; age; body type; ethnicity (Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk); and family history. Controllable risk factors include: an inactive lifestyle; smoking; excessive alcohol intake; use of certain medications; abnormal hormone levels; and low levels of Vitamin D.
Through proper nutrition, exercise, hormone therapy and certain prescription medications, low bone density and osteoporosis can be prevented.