At Washington Internal Medicine, we provide bone density screenings for our patients to help detect the presence of osteoporosis, a disorder that causes bone fragility.
During a bone density test, we will use X-rays to help measure the amount of bone material and calcium inside the bone. Once we have calculated your bone density we will be able to better determine the risk of your bones breaking. This is commonly performed on the bones of your spine, hip, or forearm.
Osteoporosis screenings are important for early detection and the prevention of bone fractures and breaks. If you have lost height, experienced a fracture, received a transplant, taken certain drugs, or experienced a change in hormone levels, we may recommend a bone density test. These screenings are most commonly recommended for older women, but may be recommended for older men as well.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (703) 436-9969.