GynecologyBone Density & Osteoporosis

Vital care for strong bones.

Bone loss is a natural part of the aging process and tends to speed up after menopause. In fact, one in two women over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in her life, which is why it's important to understand your risk factors and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat bone loss.

Garrison Women’s Health is proud to be the only site in New Hampshire that is accredited by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry to perform and interpret DXA (bone density) scans.

ISCD accreditation

What you should know about bone density:

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You are at risk for osteoporosis/bone loss if:

  • You are a female
  • You are post-menopausal
  • You are of Caucasian or Asian descent
  • You take certain medications like steroids
  • Your mother or father had a hip fracture
  • You are thin, small, and petite
  • You smoke
  • You have low calcium/vitamin D intake
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Bone density testing is painless, safe, and easy

We are able to test your bone density right in our office. The bone density machine helps detect bone loss before a fracture happens, predicts your risk for future fractures, and guides us in deciding if treatment to correct bone loss is needed.

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There are simple ways to improve bone health

Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake is critical to slowing the rate of bone loss as we age. The best sources are calcium-rich foods such as dairy, green leafy vegetables, salmon, oranges, and fortified soy milk, bread, and cereal. Women should get approximately 1,200 mg of calcium per day between diet and supplements.


What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, which means 'porous bone', is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. When this happens, bones become more susceptible to breaks. Osteoporosis happens over time and typically occurs without symptoms until the first fracture occurs, making bone density testing an essential part of health screening as you age.

The New England Mammography and Bone Density Center

Bone Density testing is performed by the New England Mammography and Bone Density Center, an extension of the Garrison office, where an interpreted DXA report is sent to your referring provider soon after. The environment is warm, friendly, and manned by the same several individuals, year after year. We are happy to combine this test with your yearly physical!

New England Mammography and Bone Density Center