Mammography and Bone Densitometry

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Mammography is performed by experienced radiologists and dedicated radiographers in a comfortable relaxed ambience. The comprehensive service offers both stereo-tactic and ultrasound biopsy facilities. Mammography can identify an abnormality long before a lump is present. Studies have shown that early detection dramatically improves the chance of successful treatment.

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes significant morbidity due to bone loss, particularly in postmenopausal women. Spinal compression fractures, femoral neck, and distal radial fractures are the commonest complications. Proactive monitoring of bone mineral density and appropriate intervention can prevent or reduce the severity of osteoporosis. DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) is the most commonly used method to measure and monitor bone mineral density. Serial bone density readings of the lumbar spine and hip are used to assess the rate of loss of bone mineral density. Bone densitometry is recommended in: postmenopausal women, especially if not on hormone replacement therapy, personal or family history of hip fracture, postmenopausal women who are tall and thin, any medical conditions associated with bone loss, prolonged cortisone treatment, hyperthyroidism, fractures following minimal trauma, if x-rays of the spine show evidence of osteoporosis.