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for the last 25 years

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Compassionate & Convenient Densitometry Care

For the last 25 years Boland Osteoporosis Center, situated in Paarl,  has been providing our patients, our physicians and our community with the highest quality diagnostic imaging available. We have built up a reputation for the highest standard of expertise, equipment and technology, we are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our referring medical practitioners and patients. We are always available to answer physician and patient enquiries.

What is Osteoporosis?

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone.

Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.

If you’re 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a bone density test.

The Bone Density Scan

Wie moet n been digtheids toets ondergaan?

Vroue ouer as 65 jaar en
Mans ouer as 70 jaar

Vroer beendigtheid toetse word aanbeveel vir:

  • Chroniese steroïd gebruikers (langer as 3 maande)
  • Geskiedenis van rook
  • Familie geskiedenis van osteoporose of frakture as gevolg van bros bene.
  • Vroeë menopause
  • Mans met lae testosteroon
  • Liggaamslengte verlies van meer as 2.5cm.
  • Persone met n geskiedenis van fragiliteits been breuke.
  • Persone op medikasie wat bekend is om beenverlies te veroorsaak.
  • Langdurige lae kalsium inname.
  • Algemene swak gesondheid en gebrek aan fisiese aktiwiteite.
  • Chemoterapie en bestraling vir kanker.
  • Persone met swak sig en n val risiko is.

Wie moet n been digtheids toets ondergaan?

The Bone Density Scan

The Bone Density test

You can find out whether you have osteoporosis or if you should be concerned about your bones by getting a bone density test.

A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. 

The DEXA Scan is the clinical gold standard for measuring fat, muscle, and bone density. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a DEXA machine to diagnose osteoporosis. DEXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.

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