Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates offers screening for osteoporosis at our Winston-Salem Bone Density Center. A bone density test eliminates the density of your bones and your risk for certain fractures. The lower the bone density, the greater risk there is for fracture.
Our center utilizes a state-of-the-art GE LUNAR DEXA Bone Densitometer which provides for a comfortable, safe, and accurate examination. Unlike some systems which test only the heel, finger, or wrist, this system evaluates the bone density in both hips and the entire lumbar spine, where fractures are most clinically relevant in osteoporosis. Bone density testing at the hip and spine is the gold standard for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and provides the only useful measurement to assess the progress of treatment. It typically takes only a few minutes of resting fully dressed on the densitometer to complete the test. Test results are available quickly.
The Bone Density Center is located at 111 Hanestown Court, Suite 151 and is open Tuesdays and
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Our technologists are certified by the International Society for Clinical Density. Scott A. Washburn, MD is the director of the bone density center.
The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, https://www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org, recommends screening for osteoporosis for menopausal women with two or more risk factors. Risk factors include:
- Being female
- Thin and / or small frame
- Advanced age
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Postmenopause, including early or surgically induced menopause
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
- Anorexia nervosa or bulimia
- A diet low in calcium
- Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
- Low testosterone levels in men
- An inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Being Caucasian or Asian, although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at significant risk as well
If you have two or more risk factors, consult your physician to see if you should be screened for osteoporosis.