Community Outreach

Good bone health begins with a bone density heel scan

A bone density heel scan is a quick health screening to measure the strength of your bones. It tells your primary care provider if you need further diagnostic testing for a bone-related condition, such as osteoporosis. Preventing or catching conditions in their early stages is our main goal. Through Goshen Health, we offer bone density heel scans to keep you one step ahead in being healthy and active.

Optimal bone care begins with knowing how your bones are doing. For more information, call (574) 364-2496 to register for a screening.

Do I need a bone density heel scan?

At Goshen Health, we offer bone density heel scans to women age 50 and older. Since bones lose density during the aging process, older people are at a higher risk for osteoporosis and its complications, such as fractures.

Younger people with the following risk factors should talk to their healthcare provider about their risk:

  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Thin or small framed
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Near or past menopause
  • Taking certain long-term medications including corticosteroids, thyroid hormone and hormones for prostate or breast cancer

Getting your bone density heel scan at Goshen Health

This screening only takes about 5 minutes, during which you place your foot in a portable machine that measures your bone strength using ultrasound. The screening does not diagnose bone loss, but is effective in indicating if you need further testing to rule out or confirm a condition.

Understanding your bone density results

Your bone density results are measured in terms of a T score and a Z score. A T score compares your results to other healthy individuals, while a Z score compares your results to other people your age.

If you have a high risk for bone loss, don’t wait to learn how your bones are doing. Schedule a screening by calling (574) 364-2496.

Goshen Health offers a wide range of preventive health screenings, including bone density heel scans, in Goshen, IN.