Heritage Valley Women’s Health Center houses a state-of-the-art bone densitometer to check bone density levels. Heritage Valley provides the only comprehensive osteoporosis services in Beaver County.
Osteoporosis is a disease that silently thins your bones, year after year. In its early stages, this disease does not make you look or feel different. As a result, it is often allowed to progress to a dangerous point before it is diagnosed. Because you cannot feel bone loss, it is important to have an accurate measurement of your bone density.
Osteoporosis Heel Screening
The Women’s Health Center offers a free heel screening exam using ultrasound to estimate the bone density of your heel. The heel is measured because its bone density is similar to that found in the hip, where fractures occur most often. No appointment is needed for this free screening, which is offered at the Women’s Health Centers in Center and Robinson Townships and all Heritage Valley Medical Neighborhoods.
Bone Material Density Scan (Central DEXA)
A Central DEXA scan is the most accurate way to measure the thickness of your bones (bone mineral density). This simple, quick, painless test can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and predict your risk of fracture in the future.