Bone Densitometry

Fast and painless non-invasive test for the diagnosis of Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease of bone metabolism, in which a progressive decrease in their density and quality is observed. It is characterized by low bone mass and destruction of the bone tissue structure that makes bones brittle and leads to fractures mainly of the hip, spine and wrist (impairment of bone quality and quantity). It is a condition that affects especially women but also men, especially the elderly. It occurs more frequently in postmenopausal women and women at high risk (premature menopause, rheumatism, etc.).

Osteoporosis is diagnosed with radiological machines, which use the method of "Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry" (DEXA). The dose of radiation to which the examinees are exposed with this method is particularly small.

HealthSpot has the state-of-the-art Lunar Prodigy Advance General Electric & Horizon - Hologic Bone Densitometers for diagnosing osteoporosis and preventing osteoporotic fractures, which:

  • they have up to 40% better clinical accuracy in detecting bone loss
  • they feature whole-body imaging, with accurate bone density and body composition (total fat, lean and bone) results in one scan;
  • instant Vertebral Assessment™ scanning technology assesses fracture risk by combining accurate bone density measurement with high-resolution imaging of the vertebrae. Spinal fractures can be identified with low-dose, single-energy imaging within 10 seconds;
  • Dual-energy Vertebral Assessment (DVA) provides rapid, dual-energy imaging of the spine, allowing physicians to visually assess the presence of vertebral fractures;
  • they have Advanced Hip Assessment software and Orthopedic software that accurately and precisely measures bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC);
  • they are capable of evaluating an extensive range of clinical conditions with speed and accuracy, while they are also suitable for imaging large, obese patients;
  • with the sharp, high-resolution images they provide, accurate assessment is made of calcified plaque in the abdominal aorta, which can be an important indicator of heart diseases and strokes.

Reduced examination time and low-dose X-rays ensure a comfortable experience for examinees.

In the HealthSpot Bone Densitometry department, the following examinations are carried out:

  • lumbar spine bone densitometry (indicated in young individuals without vertebral osteophytes or abdominal aortic calcifications)
  • hip bone density measurement (indicated in middle-aged and older people)
  • bone density measurement of the two hips (dual hip method).
  • measurement of wrist bone density
  • whole body lipid measurement (indicated in dieters and athletes)