Bone Health Program
Certain illnesses and medications can affect the strength and density of a child’s bones. Children’s created the Bone Health Program to help all young patients maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures) and other injuries.
Bone density is the term used to describe the strength of bones. We measure bone density with a DXA machine (dual-emergency X-ray absorptiometry machine), and use the results to identify a problem and monitor bone health over time. Children’s being one few centers in the country with the equipment and expertise to adequately diagnose kids.
For young patients it is important to have a pediatric professional interpret the results of DXA scan. Children’s specialists have the expertise to distinguish low bone density in children and develop an appropriate treatment plan to improve your child’s bone health, and minimize the risk of further bone loss and other injuries.
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