The best way to diagnose osteoporosis is to use Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, or machines commonly known as DXA scanners, to find out about low bone mass. The test is painless and far better than the worst way to learn about brittle bones -- suffering a fracture.
To this end a wonderfully generous donation of nearly £3 million (that's more than $6 million!) by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in conjunction with the National Osteoporosis Society will go to provide these crucial devices throughout England and Wales. Having these machines readily available could help thousands of people diagnose and treat their low bone mass.
It's also a lesson worth noting on our side of the pond, where Medicare reimbursements for DXA scans are declining. Many experts are concerned this trend will reduce availability of these tests in future years, as doctors find it less cost-effective to offer the exams.
You can read more about this incredible donation at www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/100809.php.
Published On: March 17, 2008