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Unique osteoporosis test offered by Grand River Hospital District

With osteoporosis screening now standard care for women, Grand River Hospital District determined that having a bone densitometry unit was the next logical addition to its state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Installed at the Battlement Mesa Medical Center, the new Prodigy Pro is now available to provide the best bone density tests available, including dual femur and highly accurate body fat analysis.

Prodigy Pro uses fan-beam technology to perform spine, femur and total body diagnostics. It can also gauge body fat as an added benefit. Test results will allow physicians to order the test appropriate for each patient’s needs.

The unique dual femur application measures the left and right femur in one sequence, enhancing the ability to monitor therapy at this common fracture site.



Currently Grand River Hospital District is the only medical facility on the Western Slope to own a Prodigy Pro, and the only one to offer dual femur diagnostics.

The unit also features multi-view image reconstruction, eliminating magnification errors that can occur in other fan-beam densitometers.



“The improved accuracy of bone and soft-tissue imaging results provides a superior level of clinical assessment,” said David Baumgartner, director of radiology. “We wanted to select a machine that provides fast acquisition, excellent precision, superior images and consistent results. The Prodigy is one of the best available, and we are excited to now offer this service to our patients.

“This is a quick and easy test to have performed,” Baumgartner said. “Placing it in the Battlement Mesa clinic seemed to be an obvious choice, because it will make the process more convenient than having it be an outpatient procedure in a hospital.”

A study published in the Dec. 12, 2001, Journal of the American Medical Association cited the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, which found that almost half of the more than 200,000 postmenopausal women assessed in the study had low bone mass, putting them at increased risk of breaking a bone.

In the United States, more than 28 million people are at high risk of developing osteoporosis. Up to 1.5 million fractures a year are attributable to osteoporosis. Health care expenditures related to osteoporosis are over $14 billion per year. As a result, bone density testing is one of the most important screenings women over 50 should undergo.

Exercise, calcium and vitamin D can help keep bones healthy but may not be enough if bones are already thinning. Today, effective once-daily and once-weekly therapies can actually reverse bone loss and make bones stronger. Anyone concerned with osteoporosis should discuss their risk with their primary care physician to determine the need for a bone density test and if necessary, follow-up treatment.


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