Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men as well as women suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that can be prevented and treated.
Facts and Figures
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women. One out of every two women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
More than 2 million American men suffer from osteoporosis, and millions more are at risk. Each year, 80,000 men suffer a hip fracture and one-third of these men die within a year.
In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for this disease.
Osteoporosis can strike at any age.
Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including 300,000 hip fractures, and approximately 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.
Vista Health System Offers Osteoporosis Screenings
Vista Imaging Center in Gurnee offers the latest bone densitometry (osteoporosis) technology –
DiscoveryTM C DXA Bone Densitometer with Instant Vertebral AssessmentTM.
This new technology is the most accurate method for measuring bone mineral density todate. Published studies using this technology show that up to 30% more patients are identified than with standard technology. The procedure is simple, non-invasive and takes just minutes to complete.
Call 847-360-4184 to make an appointment.