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Accident & Emergency
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082-311999 
082-440055 Ext 288
Level UG
Cardiovascular Laboratory
082-440055 Ext 200/201
Level UG
Cardiology Clinic                  
082-440055 Ext 646                082-493606
OPD-Level 2
Oral, Facial & Wellness Services
082-440055 Ext 4502
082- 493188
Leve 2F
Dermatology Clinic
082-440055 Ext 746
OPD-Level 3
Dietitics
082-440055 Ext 718
OPD-Level 3
Endoscopy Suite
082-440055 Ext 223
Level UG
Surgical Clinic
082-440055 Ext 748   082-493701
OPD-Level 3
Health Screening/ Wellness Clinic
082-440055 Ext 616
OPD-Level 2
Internal Medicine
082-440055 Ext 649       082-493602
OPD-Level 2
Medical Oncology
082-493252 Ext 252
Level 2F (Inpatient)
Nephrology Clinic
082-493265
Level UG
Neurology Clinic
082-440055 Ext 744
OPD-Level 2
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinic
082-440055 Ext 546
OPD-Level 1
Ophthalmology Clinic
082-493712 Ext 712
OPD-Level 3
Orthopaedic Clinic
082-440055 Ext 746
OPD-Level 3
Osteoporosis & Dexa Scan
082-440055 Ext 211
Level UG
Otorhinolaryngology(ENT) Clinic  
082-440055 Ext 645 
2nd Floor   082-493717
OPD-Level 3
Paediatrics Clinic
082-440055 Ext 548/549
OPD-Level 1
Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Unit
082-440055 Ext 211
Level UG
Pathology Dept
082-440055 Ext 289/287
Level UG
Rehabilitation
082-440055 Ext 294
Level UG
Psychiatry Clinic
082-440055 Ext 746 
082-493703
OPD-Level 3
Urology Clinic
082-493269 Ext 264
Level UG
   

Osteoporosis & Dexa Scan

 

What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a generalized bone disease that reduces the strength of your bones causing them to become brittle and consequently more prone to fractures. Osteoporosis is four times more common in post-menopausal women than in men.

Osteoporosis is usually asymptomatic in the early stage. Symptoms like back pain usually indicate severe disease. You may feel that you are getting shorter and gradually become hunchback. Frequently, a patient realizes that he or she has severe osteoporosis when there is a fracture of the spine or hip after a minor fall.

Who are more likely to suffer from Osteoporosis?
These categories of patients are more likely to suffer from Osteoporosis:

1. History of previous spine fracture
2. Women above the age of 50 years
3. Thin or small build
4. Family history of Osteoporosis
5. Early menopause (<45 years)
6. Smoking
7. Inactive lifestyle
8. Long term medications especially with steroids and thyroid hormones
9. Alcohol abuse
10. Inadequate calcium intake

Can we detect Osteoporosis before fracture of the bone?
Bone mineral density (BMD) is an indicator for osteoporosis. This can now be accurately measured and quantified using a DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) machine. DEXA is a specially designed X-ray machine to determine the BMD of the spine, hip and wrist. It uses very little radiation (less than 1/20 of a CXR).

A DEXA scan can diagnose bone loss at an early stage before you suffer from fracture and also assess your fracture risk so that early treatment can be instituted. It can also monitor the progress of your osteoporosis treatment.

How is the DEXA scan performed? 
There is no preparation required. A typical DEXA scan is completely painless and only takes 10 minutes to perform. A patient is required to lie on a couch for 5 to 10 minutes and the result will be ready in within half an hour.

Restriction
Patient cannot receive the test if:

1. Scheduled less than 5 days after a barium procedure
2. Undergoing radioactive iodine thyroid therapy
3. Weight is over 2701bs (123kg)
4. There exists a possibility of pregnancy for women of child bearing age.

Also see our <screening program here>