Densitometry is a special examination for determination of density of bone tissue and assessment of quantity of minerals contained in bones using X-rays.
Thinning of bone tissue is a natural process accompanying aging of the body, but it may also be a symptom of many serious illnesses (metabolic, endocrinologic, oncologic etc.). The most generally known and common illness reducing firmness of bones is osteoporosis. First symptoms of this civilisation disease may be backaches. However, such backaches may be misleading and may be associated with many other illnesses. If there is suspicion that you may suffer from osteoporisis, do not hesitate and visit your GP or gynecologist.
One of the most frequent cause of osteoporosis in women is a decline of estrogen after menopause. There are also some other influenceable and uninfluenceable factors that may support occurrence of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs in women up to three times more often than in men. Affected bones are losing resistance to mechanical forces and their flexibility and firmness is declining. This fact brings about a risk of fractures caused even by a minimum mechanical force. Fractures of vertebral bodies or femoral neck fractures then may be inflicted by just a small hop and wrist may be broken by just slapping a table.
Indication for densitometry should be decided by a medical doctor, who will issue a written request for such test.
Densitometric examinations in Canadian Medical
- in-time diagnostics concerning the disease (mainly osteoporosis, metabolic or system diseases)
- detection of a decline of bone mass at a stage not apparent on a normal X-ray image – important for starting the treatment in time and prevention from risk of fractures.
- subsequent monitoring of effectiveness of the treatment.
- modern examination method with a densitometric device applying computer technology.
- targeted display of structure of bone tissue for assessment of firmness of bones
- painless and comfortable process taking just a couple of minutes.
- exposition to only a small quantity of radiation, without any need for special preparation of the examined person.