New FCH machine to detect osteoporosis

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To be purchased by Friends & Families

Fayette County Hospital is expanding its health and wellness services with the addition of a bone densitometry machine.
At the Feb. 11 meeting of the Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital Foundation, the organization's board authorized the purchase of a new bone densitometry  system that is used to  detect osteoporosis.
That machine is manufactured by Hologic, a well-known brand of radiologic equipment.
“Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide,” said Cheri Wolff, manager of radiology services at the hospital.
The healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis are staggering, and the effect on a patient’s quality of life can be devastating.  According to a study published in "Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis: WHO Technical Report Series 921," only about 10 percent of women over the age of 65 have normal bone mass. Further, seventy-seven percent of Americans with osteoporosis are undiagnosed and, therefore, are untreated.  Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable, and testing is safe and non-invasive.
“Until September, 2013, the hospital contracted with a company that provided mobile DXA scanning services,” said Greg Starnes, chief executive officer  of the hospital. That company no longer exists. Since that time,  the hospital has been unable to provide that important service, and patients have had to travel out of town for their scans.
“Once again, we are extremely grateful to our Friends and Families Foundation and its board of directors,” Starnes said “The Friends and Families Foundation continues to be a major asset to our organization, and we so appreciate all the support we receive so that we can provide excellent care.”
The Friends & Families Foundation, formed in 1988, has been raising funds since its inception in order to purchase expensive medical equipment and furnishings that assist the hospital in providing high quality services to the patients that seek care there.  
The new system being acquired will offer FRAX, a 10-year absolute fracture risk assessment, which will allow Fayette County Hospital to offer the most complete fracture risk assessment available today.
For more information about this and other radiologic services, call 283-5466 or visit the hospital's website at www.fayettecountyhospital.org.
Fayette County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that also owns and operates 85 long term care beds in Vandalia, Illinois.