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Published on October 09, 2009

Bone Density Testing Now Available at Kish Hospital

October 9, 2009 

Due to the generous support of community donors, the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Kishwaukee Community Hospital is pleased to announce the acquisition of a state-of-the-art bone densitometry system. The new bone density scanner was recently installed and patient appointments are now being scheduled.

“The bone densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip, and forearm, which are the most frequent sites of fracture,” explained Jodi Haeffner, manager and interim director of Diagnostic Imaging at Kish Hospital.

“This highly precise densitometer helps us to identify osteoporosis risk. It can also aid in determining the effects of osteoporosis treatment.”

The purchase was made possible from donations to Kishwaukee Health Foundation’s Friends for Life KCH100 Fund. Funds were utilized to purchase the Lunar Prodigy Advance Bone Densitometer from GE Healthcare for the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Kish Hospital. The bone density machine will help physicians improve patient outcomes in the fight against osteoporosis.

The machine’s precision and accuracy gives doctors the ability to identify patients with low bone density and determine if there is a need for treatment. The GE Prodigy was chosen for its ability to perform accurate and precise exams. It provides high definition image quality with a low radiation dose, acquired by the highly efficient direct-digital detector.

Trained technologists perform the safe and easy test that can help assess a patient’s risk for osteoporosis. The test takes only minutes, and following the procedure, a digital report is sent to the patient’s doctor.

According to American College of Radiology (ACR) Practice Guidelines for Performance of DXA, 2008, DXA (Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is recommended for individuals at risk for development of osteoporosis or osteopenia and individuals of any age, including children, who are at risk for fracture.

For patients with no other warning signs for osteoporosis, DXA is recommended every two years for women age 65 years or older and men age 70 years and older. A doctor’s order is necessary. Convenient appointment times are available Monday through Friday; to schedule an appointment for a DXA scan, call 815.748.2975.

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