2012-02-03 / Community

SJEH: Take Positive Approach To Wellness


Have you scheduled your bone density examination for 2012? For a convenient appointment with the new Hologic Discovery bone densitometry system, please call St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department at 718-869-7780. Have you scheduled your bone density examination for 2012? For a convenient appointment with the new Hologic Discovery bone densitometry system, please call St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department at 718-869-7780. St John’s Episcopal Hospital encourages everyone to take a positive approach to wellness in 2012. Yearly screening examinations such as mammograms and bone density tests help maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Early detection is your best defense against many such debilitating diseases.

Do you think you may be getting shorter? Are your pants getting longer?

Significant bone loss may be occurring. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become thin, weak and brittle, thus increasing the risk of a broken bone even from a minor fall or injury. Breaking a bone when you are older, especially a vertebrae in your spine or a hip, cannot only be debilitating but deadly. Twenty-five percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from problems related to the fracture itself or from the surgery to repair it. Many who survive need long term nursing home care.

Osteoporosis, known as the silent disease, can sneak up on you and steal your freedom! As we grow older, the absorption rate of calcium in the bones changes, robbing strength from your bones, a condition that you cannot feel. Other issues may impact bone health including certain medications, diseases and lifestyle practices.

Fortunately, osteoporosis is a preventable disease. Here are some steps you can take: . Eat Healthy, today. . Stay Active, forever. . Get a Bone Density test, soon.

A bone density test or DEXA scan is a pain-free x-ray imaging examination used to evaluate a patient for osteoporosis. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is proud to offer the newest and most state-of-the-art bone density scanner to the Rockaways and the Five Towns communities.

Generally, women of menopausal age should have a baseline screening bone density exam due to the fact that bone loss is most rapid in the first few years after menopause. Men are not immune from osteoporosis but are usually screened later in life based on risk factors. Please check with your doctor to see if you are eligible. Depending on the results, close monitoring by your physician may be necessary with follow-up bone density studies recommended yearly or every other year.

Having a mammogram yearly should be another priority for all women over 40 in 2012. We support this practice at St. John’s Episcopal by providing digital mammography, the most up-to-date and highest quality breast imaging available in the Rockaways. When it’s time for your annual mammogram, make it digital. Full-field digital mammography is your newest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Breast images appear in seconds on a computer screen providing: . Enhanced images . Greater image flexibility . Shorter exam times . Faster results . Fewer call backs . Better imaging for dense breast tissue than traditional film/screen methods.

St. John’s also offers mammography computer aided detection system (CAD) and board-certified radiologists also certified in the reading of mammograms, both important elements in providing high quality personalized breast care.

So, make 2012 the year to take better care of yourself. Your health is important to you and those who care about you. Our vision at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is to promote wellness and provide the highest quality of health care available. To discover all the benefits of having these examinations or to schedule an appointment at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department, please call: Eileen McDonald, L.R.T., R.M., St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department, at 718-869-7175.

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