Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Early diagnosis of osteoporosis is key in preventing further damage and bone loss. The BMD (bone mineral density) testing and VFA (vertebral fracture assessment) available at the Osteoporosis Center at St. Luke's Hospital assesses a patient's current condition and monitors the effectiveness of the treatment. A physician can order these services individually or in combination; using both BMD and VFA to screen a patient will enable a more accurate diagnosis.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (or DXA), a form of X-ray technology, can measure bone loss and detect vertebral fractures.
St. Luke's also offers DXA bone mineral density testing at these outpatient locations:
(The test typically requires a physician order/referral. Talk with your primary care physician for an order.)
St. Luke's Women's Center at St. Luke's Hospital
232 S. Woods Mill Road, Suite 200 East
Chesterfield, MO 63017
St. Luke's Women's Center - Chesterfield Valley
6 McBride & Son Drive, Suite 102
Chesterfield, MO 63005
St. Luke's CDI - Midwest Breast Care
450 North New Ballas Road, Suite 250 North
St. Louis, MO 63141
Treatment of osteoporosis involves a combination of nutrition, exercise, medication and safety. These treatments can effectively reduce fractures by 50 percent. By consulting with the specialists at the Osteoporosis Center at St. Luke's Hospital, patients can address the problem and decrease their risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture.