Bone density scanner now in Queenstown
A Queenstown radiographer has a new business, with the first bone density scanner in the region.
Lisa Bates, who has set up Form Imaging, imported the $100,000 dual energy X-Ray absorbimetry (Dexa) scanner from the United States with the idea of setting up her own business.
‘‘The closest ones of these are in Invercargill and Dunedin so previously anyone from Queenstown, Wanaka or Cromwell would have to travel,’’ she said.
The Dexa measures bone density and confirms cases of osteoporosis, most likely found in people aged over 50. Postmenopausal women are of particular risk but also those with a family history of the disease, and smokers and drinkers.
It is usually discovered when a person fractures a bone and the patient is referred for a scan by a general practitioner, but scans can be taken from the age of 50 to assess whether there are changes in bone density, allowing treatment to begin before a serious incident.
The scanner also does body composite screening: mapping the body in terms of lean muscle, fat and bone content.