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Bone Density Screening Santa Monica, CA

Strong bones are essential to good health. In senior citizens, strong bones can mean the difference between life or death when it comes to falling. As part of our preventive health care services, a simple non-invasive screening can identify those at risk for fractures and easily broken bones.

Bone density screening is not to be confused with a bone scan. A bone scan requires radioactive contrast material to be injected into the bloodstream. Bone density screening is non-invasive and uses a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. Though the screening does involve radiation, the level is much less than the exposure you would receive from a standard chest X-ray.

Bone density devices can be used to measure bone density in the spine or hip. There are also smaller scanning devices that can be used to measure bone density in the finger, wrist or heel of the foot. The device measures the amount of calcium and other bone minerals that are packed into a segment of bone.

Screening for Bone Loss

There are certain conditions that may make a bone density screening advisable. If you have lost at least 1.6 inches, or 4 centimeters, in height, you could have compression fractures in your spine. Osteoporosis is one of the main causes of these types of fractures.

Fragile bones break very easily. For some people, a cough or sneeze can lead to a bone fracture. People on long-term steroid use, such as prednisone, may have bone density issues. The steroids can interfere with the bone-rebuilding processes. Osteoporosis is also common among people who have had an organ transplant or a bone marrow transplant because anti-rejection drugs interfere with bone rebuilding.

Screening for bone density can confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis and help with monitoring treatment. It also helps determine your risk for fractures. Women over the age of 65 are advised to have bone density screening. A younger woman with a higher than normal chance of fracture is also a candidate for a bone screening.

Medications are prescribed for people with osteoporosis. Over time, these medications can help prevent unnecessary bone fractures.

The office of Dr. Brent J. Michael provides bone density screening for those patients who show signs of osteoporosis. Contact us today if you or a loved one could benefit from a bone density screening.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

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