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Osteodensitometry

Osteodensitometry represents a method used to measure bone mineral density. The most frequent cause for bone density loss is osteoporosis, followed by D vitamin deficiency. Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by decrease in bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue microarchitecture that leads to compromised mechanical strength of the bone and increase the risk of fracture.

 To measure the bone mineral density, Sanador uses General Electric LUNAR PRODIGY system, the latest equipment with newest software, which allow performing the examination of the lumbar spine, to the hip level, unilateral or bilateral, and to the forearm level, unilateral and bilateral.

Lumbar spine is the place selected to measure bone density; at this level, the trabecular bone starts to demineralize around the age of 50 years old. It is also, the preferred site to monitor the treatment response. With LUNAR PRODIGY system, the measurement of bone mineral density is highly accurate and precise. This equipment is provided with a narrow-angle fan-beam that results in a shorter imaging acquisition time. This equipment has the advantage of offering a significant protection against radiation, both for patient and for medical personnel; the radiation dose being practically undetected by dosimeter.

“Dual Femur” examination represents a significantly important investigation in assessing the hip fracture risk. The standard procedure consists in measuring one femur, with repositioning and long term extending for both femurs. Sanador’s system, through its advanced software, allows the automated examination of both femurs, to a single positioning of the patient during a very short time. It also performs the automated data analysis, its sophisticated algorithms offering a guarantee of measurements’ quality and lowering the risk of errors due to an incorrect positioning. All information necessary to a correct examination is presented on display: radiation dose, pelvis – femoral diaphysis distance, potential artifacts; this information is subsequently saved in database and printed. This system uses the most advanced software for DXA examination: Advanced Hip Assessment (AHA), that offers significant parameters related to risk of fracture.

Osteodensitometry is not recommended for pregnancy or immediately after injecting the contrast agent (magnetic resonance, computed tomography, etc.), a minimum 2-3 weeks is necessary between administering contrast agent and performing osteodensitometry.

This examination does not require prior preparation and takes approx. 20 minutes for an anatomical region.