Effective Osteoporosis Detection

When all the risk factors are duly considered, no one is safe from osteoporosis, medical experts say. Right now, more than 10 million Americans both men an…

When all the risk factors are duly considered, no one is safe from osteoporosis, medical experts say. Right now, more than 10 million Americans both men and women have already been afflicted with this major health problem and 34 million more at great risk. For interventions to be implemented sooner and that the progress of the disease will be prevented, discovering the disease at an early stage is important. In fact, it has been found out that osteoporosis can be prevented through protein-rich diet.

There is much effort people exert in preventing or treating osteoporosis although some may not be very effective. For instance, soy supplements do not diminish symptoms of osteoporosis, though many have added this to their therapy.

You bone mineral density (BMD) explains how likely you are to suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis screenings play a very significant role in your therapy and here are some of the diagnostics procedures you might encounter during checkup.

Dexa Scan (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry or DXA)

Most health care providers prefer DXA to measure BMD. A DXA scanner produces 2 x-ray beams with different energy levels, one beam with high energy while the other with low energy level. BMD is measured by the amount of x-rays passing through the bone which profiles their.

Quantitative Computed Tomography

QCT bone densitometry, on the other hand, requires higher amount of exposure to radiation, not to mention its higher cost, making it less common in general clinical use. The method uses a CT scanner to get an accurate status of your bone. The mechanism of action for QCT still uses a CT scanner and because it is 3 dimensional, this procedure is 2-3 times more sensitive that DXA scan.

Ultrasonography

Quite a new diagnostic tool to determine your BMD, the ultrasound does not use radiation. An ultrasound beam is directed to a specific area in which the scattering and the absorption of the waves will allow assessment of the bone density. Perhaps because it’s a relatively new tool, the results of ultrasound however, is not as precise as the previous two methods and considerable studies are still being conducted.

It’s hard to live by everyday when you have to deal with osteoporosis. The throes of the disease itself are already an ordeal; and if you are taking bisphosphonates you might also be in agony with its adverse effects. Like in the case of some long-term Fosamax users who are now contending for a lawsuit against the drug company after allegedly being harmed by the drug. Now, as these lawsuits kept on increasing in number, the makers of the drug have to face a Fosamax class action lawsuit.