Proceeds from our 2017 Charity Golf Tournament supported the purchase of a new Bone Mineral Density Scanner for our Diagnostic Imaging Department. BMD exams are integral in diagnosing osteoporosis and fracture risk, two prominent conditions in our growing elderly demographic.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break decreasing quality of life. Osteoporosis does not have an acute onset. Steady bone mass loss can occur over many years without signs or symptoms of the disease, until a bone breaks/fractures. By this point, the osteoporosis is already fairly advanced and bones are weak in most of the skeleton. Early detection of bone loss is crucial in preventing osteoporotic fractures later in life. A Bone Mineral Density exam, or BMD exam, can determine if a person has osteoporosis or if a person is at risk of getting osteoporosis by diagnosing Bone Health.

As with every piece of equipment, Woodstock Hospital’s current Bone Mineral Density Scanner was nearing the end of its lifespan and needed replacement. The new scanner will be installed mid-August 2018. With today’s ever growing elderly population, having the latest in healthcare equipment is key. Earlier diagnosis allows for earlier treatment planning which will minimize the number of fractures and increase the quality of life for patients who have osteoporosis.