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Bone Density Test

Osteoporosis occurs when bones become porous, brittle and likely to break. While some bone loss can be expected as part of the normal aging process, osteoporosis is a dangerous disease that affects millions of people every year, particularly women. In fact, half of women past menopause have or are at high risk of developing osteoporosis.

The good news is that bone density testing is quick, easy and painless, and Ballad Health offers many different treatments to reduce the risk of fractures.

Bone density tests (DEXA Scan)

Testing your bone density – how strong your bones are – is the only way to know if you have osteoporosis.

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans or “DEXA scans” measure the density of bone material to determine if there is an increased risk of fracture or osteoporosis. Test results will be compared to that of a young person, when bone is at its strongest, and to the bone density of people your own age. This gives the physician a basis to determine if you are at risk of osteoporosis fractures. There are several ways to reduce your chance of fractures, and your physician can discuss these with you.

Are you at risk?

Your chances of developing osteoporosis are greater if you are female and answer "yes" to any of the following questions: 

Do you have: 

  • A family history of osteoporosis?
  • Chronic intestinal disorders?
  • A sedentary lifestyle?

Are you:

  • Light-skinned?
  • Thin or small framed?
  • Approaching or past menopause?
  • Milk intolerant or have a low calcium intake?
  • A cigarette smoker or drink alcohol in excess?
  • Taking thyroid medication or steroid-based drugs for asthma, arthritis or cancer? 

For more information about osteoporosis, treatment options and bone testing, ask your physician or call the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (800) 231-4222.

Where can I get a bone density test?

Bone Density Tests are available at the following Ballad Health locations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia:

  • Bristol Regional Medical Center in the Leonard Family Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Holston Valley Medical Center in the Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Hawkins County Memorial Hospital
  • Lonesome Pine Hospital
  • Mountain View Regional Hospital
  • Indian Path Hospital 
  • Johnson County Community Hospital 
  • Sycamore Shoals Hospital 
  • Women's Health and Imaging Center, Med Tech Park
  • Dickenson Community Hospital 
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital Women's Center 
  • Norton Community Hospital 
  • Russell County Hospital 
  • Smyth County Community Hospital

 

Bone Density Test Locations

1 Medical Park Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 844-1121
36.5854658
-82.256802
312 Hospital Dr.
Clintwood, VA 24228
(276) 926-0300
37.1607138
-82.4492491
851 Locust St.
Rogersville, TN 37857
(423) 921-7000
36.3997791
-83.0144008
130 W. Ravine Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 224-4000
36.5540954
-82.5542585
2000 Brookside Dr.
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 857-7000
36.5509222
-82.5143556
1901 S. Shady St.
Mountain City, TN 37683
(423) 727-1100
36.4533973
-81.7976793
16000 Johnston Memorial Dr.
Abingdon, VA 24211
(276) 258-1000
36.7226195
-81.9117949
1990 Holton Ave.
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-3111
36.8770338
-82.7543514
310 3rd St. NE
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-9100
36.9444704
-82.6254681
100 15th St. NW
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 439-1000
36.931716
-82.6433645
58 Carroll St.
Lebanon, VA 24266
(276) 883-8000
36.8987894
-82.0784537
1501 W. Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 542-1300
36.3460801
-82.2496719
245 Medical Park Dr.
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 378-1000
36.8519149
-81.4882239