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New technology at Grundy County Memorial Hospital helps osteoporosis

February 12, 2011
Reinbeck Courier

Osteoporosis results in more than 1 million hip, spine, and wrist fractures annually. This disorder affects nearly one-half of all post menopausal women, the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis.

Research in osteoporosis, the disorder in which progressive bone loss results in increased risk of fracture, is making important new advances. A key factor in this success has been the availability of new and improved equipment to measure bone density. Using a bone densitometer (DEXA), physicians can measure patient bone density and follow it over time. If the patients bone density is low, or decreases at an abnormally fast rate, the patient may be at risk for osteoporosis. Through changes in diet, exercise habits and/or medication, further deterioration of bone can be prevented. A new bone densitometer was recently installed at Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

"The GE bone densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip, and forearm, which are the most frequent sites of fracture," explained Craig Buskohl, Radiology Manager. "In less than one minute, this highly precise densitometer helps us to identify osteoporosis risk. It can also aid in determining the effects of osteoporosis treatment."

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Lora Hunt, Radiology Tech, measures a patient’s bone density with the new bone densitometer at Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
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"Recent research findings clarify the nature of the disease and demonstrate the effectiveness of new treatments. New diagnostic devices assist in the early detection and treatment of osteoporosis," said Buskohl. "There is no special preparation involved for the patient. The exam is very brief and is a comfortable procedure for the patient," he said.

The mission of Grundy County Memorial Hospital is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. GCMH encourages individuals to contact their healthcare provider and be evaluated for a bone density examination. For further information regarding osteoporosis, risk factors, and bone density measurements, contact the Radiology Department at (319) 824-5081. To schedule your exam, please call GCMH Scheduling at (319) 824-5081 or toll-free (888) 824-5081.

For more information about any of GCMH's services please call the hospital at 319-824-5421 or visit our website at



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