A unique aspect of the Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Health Center is a one-on-one consultation with a nurse clinician. Counseling is provided in relationship to your risk profile for osteoporosis, lifestyle behavior, and medical history, as well as your test results. The nurse clinician will also address important components of bone health, such as calcium, Vitamin D, and exercise, and their role in prevention of osteoporosis. During the course of your consultation, all treatment modalities are discussed and referrals made (if indicated), all of your questions and concerns will be answered, and the Metabolic Bone Health Center nurse clinician will be available for continued support afterwards. There is a nominal fee for this consultation service.
The gold standard for measuring bone mineral density is called a DXA, which stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is a low-level X-ray measuring important bone sites. During the course of the test, all you have to do is lie on the table while the technician does all the work. It is painless, non-invasive, and takes about ten minutes. The test is done by appointment, and you will be asked if you would like to meet with a nurse clinician to review your results.
It is important to note that a bone density test (DXA) is different from a bone scan. A bone scan is a test used to show abnormalities in the bone and joints that may not be seen on X-rays. It involves the injection of a radioisotope agent, which attaches to the bone, allowing it to be visualized by a special camera.
Following your nurse consultation, your case will be reviewed by our multidisciplinary team of physicians, all experts in the field of metabolic bone disorders. Based on your DXA results, medical history, and risk factors, written recommendations will be made to you and your physician, thus developing an individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to keep both patients and their primary physicians informed and involved.