Research and Treatment Center
Your family and medical histories provide important clues, but cannot predict if osteoporosis will strike you. The only accurate way to assess your individual risk is by measuring the mineral content of your bones. At the Winthrop-University Hospital Osteoporosis Diagnostic, Research and Treatment Center, we use the latest technology to measure bone density - Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA).
DXA is a safe, non-invasive, pain-free imaging procedure. It has replaced CT scanning as the preferred way to measure bone density because it provides better information and there is very little exposure to radiation. DXA can precisely measure the bone mineral content of your entire body, hip, spine or wrist. Nothing is injected, no blood is drawn, and your exposure to radiation is one-tenth that of a common chest X-ray.
The test takes only a few minutes, and your personal physician will receive a comprehensive report of your results. To schedule an appointment, call 516-663-4779.
ODRTC physician specialists, with decades of experience in treating osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders, manage your care or assist your personal physician in designing the most effective treatment program, which may include medication, vitamin supplements and exercise. The Center's team uses the most comprehensive and advanced approaches to osteoporosis detection, including Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), the most accurate bone density measurement technology available. The ODTRC also is a well-known clinical research center.
What can I do to reduce my risk?
While you can't change your family history, you can certainly change your lifestyle. Here are ways you can help "porosis"-proof your bones. The earlier you start the more effective they will be. However, it is never too late to adopt these healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Steps to Osteoporosis Prevention
Following these steps does not guarantee you won't get osteoporosis,
but it will help minimize the effects no matter what your level of risk.
- Get enough calcium through diet and supplements (1200 mg are recommended, spread out over the day).
- Get enough Vitamin D from diet or supplements (400 - 800 units are recommended).
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit your intake of caffeine, salt, protein and phosphorous.
- Avoid "starvation" diets.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Do not smoke.
- Prevent injury from falls by being safety minded.
- Have a bone density test to assess your risk.
For more than 30 years, Winthrop's Osteoporosis Diagnostic, Research and Treatment Center has been an internationally recognized leader in osteoporosis research. Grants supporting the Center's studies have come from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical industry.
Scientific leadership ensures that the most current technology is available for you, and that Center specialists are up to date on advanced research developments long before they are published.
We have an ongoing need for patient volunteers - individuals who participate in prevention and treatment studies. Qualified volunteers receive state-of-the-art, study-related medical care that may include bone density testing, laboratory testing, X-rays, calcium supplements and study medication - all at no cost! Travel reimbursement is also provided. For more information, please call our research nurse coordinator at 516-663-2772.