Watch the Today Show episode with Joan Lunden speaking with Dr. Calamari about mammography and the importance of knowing if you have dense breasts: Read more...
Recent News and Views
Today Show Episode with Joan Lunden and Dr. Calamari
19 Oct 2016
The Omnibus Bill means good news for mammography screening!
29 Dec 2015
As reported by The Society of Breast Imaging: The House and Senate passed legislation placing a two-year moratorium on the implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2015 draft recommendations on breast cancer screening. This legislation provides language to continue mandatory insurance coverage for mammography; and would direct insures to follow the Task Force’s 2002 guidance which recommended women 40 years and older undergo screening mammography every one to two years. The American College of Radiology applauded Congress for including access to imaging care protections in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Read more...
Bone Density Exams
Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), also known as bone densitometry, is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. Bone Density Scanning/DXA is the established standard used to measure bone loss. It is a non-invasive test, performed using a small dose of x-rays. National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose osteoporosis. Central DXA devices such as ours measure bone density in the hip and spine.
Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Women, after menopause, are most likely affected by osteoporosis although it may be found in men as well.
Bone density is also used to track the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. The exam can also assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures.
To better understand your risk the following factors are assessed:
- Whether you have reached menopause (women)
- Personal history of broken bones as an adult
- Family history of broken bones and osteoporosis
- Alcohol and tobacco use
- Dietary habits, including how much calcium and vitamin D you get
- Exercise and physical activity habits
- Eating disorder history
- Whether you have had regular periods (premenopausal women)
- Testosterone levels (men)
We have learned that Osteoporosis is treatable. There are many steps you can take to manage the disease and reduce your chance of breaking a bone. It is important to work with your doctor to learn about your risk for osteoporosis and broken bones.
For more information, please visit:
New York State Osteoporosis Resource Center- http://www.nysopep.org/
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)- http://www.radiologyinfo.org
American Cancer Society- http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
American College of Radiology-http://www.acr.org