Bone Density of North Idaho (BDNI) is operated in affiliation with your North Idaho Family Physicians LLC; physicians committed to helping you feel your best.
Throughout your life, your bones go through bone-building cycles in which old bone is broken down and new bone is formed. Bone density decreases when an imbalance in this cycle causes more bone to break down than is replaced. When you have lost 20% of your bone density, you have osteoporosis.
What Is Bone Density Testing?
Measurement of bone density can identify persons who have osteoporosis and thus, are at high risk for fractures. Early detection and intervention are crucial in preventing this disease.
Bone Density of North Idaho utilizes the latest in technology by using a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), the best and most reliable from of testing for bone density. Even though x-rays are used, the amount absorbed by the patient is less than 1/10 th of that received from a standard chest x-ray.
Osteoporosis is recognized as a significant problem and can affect the health of millions of people. It is a progressive and silent disease characterized by weakening of the bones and increased risk of fracture.
If you are found to have osteoporosis, there are new treatments available that can halt its progression and often times strengthen the bone. Your physician and Bone Density of North Idaho are committed to helping you stay health and prevent this disease.
Who Should Be Tested?
Indications for BMD Testing:
• All women 65 and older regardless of risk factors.
• Younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors (other than being white, postmenopausal & female).
• Postmenopausal women who present with fractures (to confirm diagnosis & determine severity).
• Individuals with vertebral abnormalities.
• Individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism.
• Monitoring to assess response to an approved osteoporosis drug therapy.
Major Risk Factors for Osteoporosis Related Fractures in Caucasian Postmenopausal Women:
• Personal history of fracture as an adult
• History of fragility fracture in a first-degree relative
• Low body weight (<127)
• Current smoking
• Use of oral corticosteroids for longer than 3 months
Additional Risk Factors:
• Impaired vision
• Estrogen deficiency at an early age (<45)
• Poor health/frailty
• Recent falls
• Low calcium intake (lifelong)
• Low physical activity
• Alcohol in amounts greater than 2 drinks per day
How Is the Test Done?
The procedure involves lying on the padded bone density measuring table for about 15 minutes for the test.
You should wear comfortable clothes. Sweat pants and top would be ideal. Remove underwire bras, zippers, button snaps or belts.
The x-ray based machine travels over your lower spine and your hips to measure the bone density. After proper positioning, assisted by our technician, there is no further movement required by you.
The total time for the test is about 30-40 minutes and the results are interpreted by a physician. Included in that report is the new 10-yr probability for hip fracture and any osteoporosis-related fracture based on the World Health Organization (WHO) algorithm (FRAX). Your doctor's office will call you with the results. If you are found to have osteoporosis, there are treatments available. Your doctor will want to see you for a follow-up appointment to discuss your options.
Calcium & Vitamin D recommendations:
According to NOF recommendations, adults under age 50 need 1,000 mg of calcium daily, and adults age 50 and over need 1,200 - 1500 mg of calcium daily, doses not exceeding 500-600 mg at a time.
According to NOF recommendations, adults under age 50 need 400-800 IU of vitamin D3 daily, and adults age 50 and older need 800 – 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that best supports bone health. It is also called cholecalciferol. Vitamin D can also be obtained from fortified milk, egg yolks, saltwater fish, liver and supplements.
How Do I Set Up a Bone Density Test for Myself?
After you and your provider have discussed and agreed that bone density testing is right for you, your provider will make a referral to Bone Density of North Idaho. The staff at BDNI will then contact you to schedule an appointment date and time.
Most health plans and Medicare cover the cost of the testing. Some require pre-approval. If required, our staff will process the pre-authorization before calling you to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
If you have questions about the test, call your doctor's office. If you have questions about scheduling an appointment, contact our staff at 208.664.5904.
Bone Density of North Idaho
1401 N. Lincoln Way
Coeur d'Alene , ID 83814
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