Bone den­sity scan­ner now in Queen­stown

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DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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