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HSA elevates patient care with a new bone density scanner

Health Care 04 Apr, 2024 Follow News

HSA elevates patient care with a new bone density scanner

Patients grappling with osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions can now benefit from the Health Services Authority’s (HSA’s) recent acquisition of an iDXA bone density scanner, a noninvasive device that will advance diagnostic capabilities and patient care.

“We are proud to unveil the latest addition to the Radiology Department - our bone density scanner. This technology represents a significant investment in our approach to diagnostic imaging. The precision and efficiency of this scanner will profoundly impact our bone health assessments, allowing us to identify early signs of bone degeneration issues and enabling our healthcare professionals to initiate timely interventions and personalised treatment plans,” stated Radiology Manager Pamela Vaughn-Duncan.

iDXA bone density scanning is a simple and quick method that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images of the hips, lumbar spine, and extremities to measure bone loss and aid in the comprehensive evaluation of bone health. This is particularly important in the diagnosis and management of diseases such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, and other disorders affecting bone density that are becoming more common.

iDXA bone density scanning is also used for other purposes, such as the monitoring of bone health on patients diagnosed with cancer and Rheumatoid arthritis. Ms. Vaughn-Duncan said, “What sets this bone density scanner apart from what was previously offered, is its ability to provide sensitive and accurate images of changes in the bone density over time, or in response to drug therapy while using far less radiation than Quantitative Computed tomography (QCT) scans.”

The iDXA bone density scanner will significantly reinforce preventative care at the HSA. “Preventive care is about empowering patients with knowledge and tools to safeguard their health. By identifying individuals at risk for osteoporosis or other related conditions early on, the HSA will be better able to implement proactive measures and lifestyle interventions to mitigate the progression of these conditions. This will make a substantial difference in our patients’ lives,” noted Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson.

To schedule a bone density scan or to learn more about our diagnostic services, please contact our Radiology Department at 949-8600.

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