Osteoporosis - a disease marked by gradual weakening of the bones - can rob women and men alike of mobility and independence. But the disease's damaging effects are preventable.
Bridgton Hospital, as part of Central Maine Medical Center, provides state-of-the-art bone density screening services at its Osteoporosis Center in Lewiston and and with its Mobile Osteoporosis Unit, which brings screenings to patients at Bridgton Hospital
Using low-dose x-rays of the lower back and one hip, the screening is painless and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. A physician specializing in osteoporosis reviews the scan sends the finding to the patient's referring physician.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation generally recommends bone density scans for all women aged 65 and older, postmenopausal women who break a bone, and postmenopausal women with a known risk factor, such as having a small frame or a parent or sibling with the disease.
For more information about osteoporosis service, please call 795-2406 or 1-877-664-9200.