From the press release from Park Ridge Health:
Hendersonville, N.C. (August 23, 2012) – Patients can be confident they are receiving the latest in bone imaging technology at Park Ridge Health thanks to the addition of the Hologic DiscoveryTM QDR bone densitometry system.
“We are excited to now offer this top-of-the line imaging system to our services at Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging,” said Todd Guffey, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Park Ridge Health. “Patients can now visit either Park Ridge Health’s main campus or our Laurel Park facility to get their bone density studies completed using this state-of-the-art technology.”
After an approximately 3-minute scan, the DiscoveryTM system provides images and a computer-aided assessment to aid in early detection and treatment of osteoporosis. Unlike older systems, Discovery provides more detailed insights into biomechanical strength, visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease, lumbar spine and proximal femur studies, and Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurements of a patient’s entire skeleton.
Osteoporosis – one of the most preventable diseases today – affects more than 75 million people worldwide. Identifying patients at risk of fracture through bone scans and treating them before a fracture occurs has been shown to substantially reduce the long-term burden of osteoporosis.
About Park Ridge Health:
Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge Health partnered with Adventist Health System, joining a family of 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region – including state-of-the-art surgery suites, a boutique baby delivery experience and North Carolina’s first 64-slice CT scanner in 2006 – Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians and providers, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).