Women's Health

Fillmore County Hospital takes pride in offering as many options as possible close to home for women. Below are the women’s health services provided:

DXA or DEXA scans for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects over 200 million women worldwide and 1 in 3 women is at risk for a osteoporotic fracture. Bone densitometry, or DXA, uses a very small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body, usually the lumbar spine and hips, to measure bone loss. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and/or osteopenia, to assess an individual's risk for developing osteoporotic fractures. DXA is simple, quick and noninvasive. It's also the most commonly used and the most standard method for diagnosing osteoporosis. This exam requires little to no special preparation. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam. If you have a history of surgery to either the hip or spine, measurements may be taken of the non-dominant forearm.”