Bone Density Scans in Calgary

BioStrong offers a bone density test using modern technology created by EchoLight called EchoS. The EchoS provides a bone density exam utilizing proprietary R.E.M.S. (Radiofrequency Echographic Multi Spectrometry) technology which provides a non-invasive and radiation-free approach to determining bone density. 

The EchoS bone densitometry exam gives a precise bone density measurement to inform you if you have healthy bone density, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis. This scan also gives you information on how fragile your bones are and determines your risk for fracture. While bone density has a direct correlation with risk of fracture, fragility scores can be high or low regardless of bone density. Information about your fragility cannot be gathered through a DEXA scan.

EchoS Offers:

Significantly increased levels of accuracy
Sensitivity to bone mass changes
Diagnostic reproducibility over DXA systems

The EchoS generates a report that includes your BMD (Bone Mineral Density), T-score (the difference between your bone mineral density and 0) and Z-score (how far your score is from average). The system also automatically assesses the quality of bone microarchitecture and provides a five-year probability of a major osteoporosis fracture. This, combined with the absence of the ionizing radiation common in DEXA scans, means that you can receive a diagnosis of osteoporosis quicker, easier and earlier, and ensures accurate monitoring after your diagnosis.

The EchoS can also provide comprehensive, accurate information on your body composition including BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat percentage and caloric burn rate.

How Accurate is the EchoLight REMS Bone Density Test?

The Echolight REMS system correlation with DXA was validated at a multicenter clinical trial, peer reviewed and published in BONE.

Due to the variability in quality of DXA exams, the only way the study could be completed was by doing the DXA exams in a highly controlled research environment to ensure their accuracy. The Echolight REMS FDA approval letter states,

“The Echolight REMS device has a precision comparable to that of X-ray absorptiometry, which makes it suitable for monitoring bone changes in women.” Among the many users of the Echolight device is Dr. Cyrus Cooper, President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation."

Scan Comparison

The DXA or DEXA scan is the most commonly used and primary current diagnostic method to determine bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar vertebrae and femoral neck. BMD measurement is via dual-energy- x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) using radiation. Previously, DXA scans were considered the “gold standard” because of their ability to scan the lumbar vertebrae and femoral neck areas.

Unfortunately, DXA scans can be expensive if paid for privately and doctors are unlikely to prescribe a DXA exam for people under the age of 55 unless there are underlying conditions. This makes prevention and early diagnosis of osteoporosis difficult.

While DXA scans can see measurement errors in the hip and spine of 5 to 10%, outcomes can be influenced by the patient positioning, data analysis errors, calibration issues or operator error. Positioning errors alone occur in approximately 80% of spinal acquisitions and 90% of femoral bone density scans. Data analysis errors affect the BMD exam outcome by 64% in the lumbar and 80% in the spine.

The EchoLight Bone Density Exam:

Solves the majority of these issues with greater precision

Is radiation-free while being more sensitive to bone mass changes

Assesses bone micro-architecture and not just bone density

Eliminates variability in outcomes using automation

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