December 5, 2011


HOHENWALD, Tenn. – The Lewis Health Center (LHC) has announced that bone densitometry has been added to the center’s services. Screenings began in November, according to LHC Director Dustin Flowers.

Bone densitometry is a screening tool that can be used to measure bone mineral content and density. This measurement can help to diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and more likely to break because the bone’s mineral content and density are low.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), an estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis while an additional 34 million people have low bone mass. The NOF estimates that one in two women over the age of 50 and up to one in four men will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

According to Flowers, bone density studies are now being conducted with the GE Healthcare Lunar Prodigy Primo™ densitometry machine which is designed for high precision and accuracy. All examinations are performed by licensed radiologic technologists on the LHC imaging staff.

“Results of a bone density study allow a physician to determine if a patient may have osteoporosis or may be at risk for a fracture,” said Jenny Tanner, a radiologic technologist and ultrasonographer at LHC. “If osteoporosis is diagnosed, your health care provider can determine the best course of treatment to help prevent future bone density loss.”

Appointments for bone density studies at LHC are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A physician's order is required. to schedule a bone density screening, patients may call 796.6222.