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Do You Need a Bone Density Scan? Santa Monica, CA
Older Adults

A bone density scan represents one of many tools that modern medicine has given us to help us diagnose and predict disease that may exist in our bodies without being visible on the outside. By using a bone density scan, doctors can help patients avoid or delay serious consequences from osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a very common disease within the bones that develops when the bones don’t have enough density. In turn, they become brittle, weak and susceptible to fracture. In patients with very advanced osteoporosis, the bones can suffer minor breaks after a simple sneeze. Preventing osteoporosis and treating it early is important, as this bone disease is associated with the following complications:

  • Serious hip fractures that can cause disability
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Severe back pain
  • Hunched posture

Understanding Bone Density Scans

The most proven and effective way to detect and predict osteoporosis with a bone density scan. These screenings rely on x-ray technology to measure the amount of calcium in the bone. The more calcium in a bone, the more dense (and healthy) the bone is. If this scan reveals low or decreasing bone density, patients can be alerted that they are at risk for a bone fracture. Fortunately, bone density screenings are a simple, quick and painless procedure that can be performed at your physician’s office in most cases.

Is it Time for a Scan?

If you are considered at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor may suggest a bone density scan as part of your annual physical or checkup. Here are some reasons why you may be asked to schedule a bone density scan:

  1. You’re a woman. (1 in 3 women develop osteoporosis!)
  2. You have hormonal imbalances. (Low estrogen from menopause or a hysterectomy increases your risk of osteoporosis.)
  3. You have nutritional deficiencies. (Inadequate calcium intake or absorption)
  4. You lead a sedentary lifestyle.
  5. You’ve lost height. (Loss of bone mass in your spine could make you shorter.)
  6. You’ve suffered repeat bone fractures.
  7. You’re 50 or older. (Senior adults are at far greater risk for osteoporosis.)

Schedule Your Bone Density Screening in Santa Monica

The most successful treatment for osteoporosis is detecting this bone disease early, which almost always involves a bone density scan. If you are unsure whether or not you could benefit from this type of screening, please call the office of Dr. Brent Michael. We can offer bone density scans as part of your yearly physicals.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

FAX: 310-829-9951


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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM