May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. The Women’s Center staff would like to remind all of the services available at the Women’s Center and let everyone know that they have expanded. In March of this year, DW McMillan remodeled another area of his hospital and linked it to the existing Women’s Centre. Now 3D Mammography, Ultrasound and Dexa Bone Density procedures are all in one place.
“Our renovated Women’s Center offers a variety of imaging services in the same suite,” said Kathy McGill, Director of Radiology at DW McMillan. “In addition to the cosmetic changes, we’ve added new gear, updated gear, and have more services available to patients than before.”
The Women’s Center operates Monday through Friday, offering appointments for Dexa bone density scans, 3D mammograms, and ultrasound procedures. Patients wishing to have an exam can simply ask their primary care provider to order a scan.
Early detection of osteoporosis can identify treatable conditions. About 10 million Americans, age 50 and older, have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, which puts them at increased risk for bone fractures. Most people don’t know that osteoporosis-related bone fractures are responsible for more hospitalizations than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined. But regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises combined with regular checkups have been proven to build and maintain bone density in both women and men.
The DW McMillan Memorial Hospital Women’s Center reminds everyone that exercise and routine checkups for all ages are essential to help build strong, healthy bones for life.