Dr. Paul Pizzella attends clinic on bone density testing
July 27, 2014 – Southtowns Radiology is pleased to note that Paul Pizzella, M.D. participated in “Osteoporosis: Essentials of Densitometry, Diagnosis and Management Clinicians Day”, an educational program offered by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.
A bone mineral density test is an easy and reliable test that measures the density, or thickness of your bones. A bone density test is the only way to accurately find out if you have osteoporosis before a bone breaks. The decision to have a bone density test is made by you and your doctor. Examining your risk factors for osteoporosis is one important tool for determining whether scanning can be useful. These risk factors include family history of the disease, a small or thin frame and smoking.
The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program recommends a bone density test for:
- All women 65 and older
- All men 70 and older
- Women under 65 who have reached menopause and have risk factors for osteoporosis
- Adults who break a bone after age 50 or have lost 1.5 inches of height
- Adults over age 50 with a disease or medical condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss
- Adults over 50 taking medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss
- Premenopausal women and men under 50, only in rare cases
More information on bone density testing and osteoporosis is available in our website’s Patient Resources section under the Patient Portal found here.