Bone screening offered
Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Osteoporosis hip fractures cost more than $14 billion in 1999 alone. The consequences of osteoporosis are devastating. One out of every two women over 65 will have an osteoporosis related fracture, and one out of those two women will die within 12 months as a direct result of complications relating to that fracture. In most cases low bone density can be prevented, or identified and treated. But, if steps are not taken it progresses painlessly until a fracture occurs.
Rite Aid has arranged a series of osteoporosis awareness days as a community service throughout California and Nevada. The Rite Aid store in South Lake Tahoe has scheduled an osteoporosis screening with Advanced Medical Diagnostics. Testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the store, 1020 Al Tahoe Blvd., in the Rite Aid/Albertson’s shopping center.
The test will be performed using one of the latest technological advances approved by the FDA for the prevention, early detection and monitoring of treatments for this crippling disease. The FDA says that the test’s precision is comparable to that of the more expense Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, yet costs only a fraction as much at $30 with the assistance of participating Rite Aid Pharmacies.
The test takes less than five minutes, requiring the removal of one shoe and sock (no hosiery) scanning the heel using Ultra Sound so there is no harmful, cumulative radiation as compared to more conventional methods. Results are provided upon completion of the test. No appointments are necessary, however, it is advisable to make an appoint to save time and spread testing evenly throughout the day. To schedule an appointment call AMD at (530) 544-1297.
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