West Suburban Women's Health has a state of the art bone density scanner on site. It is a quick and painless X-Ray scan of the Lumbar vertebrae and hip. These two locations provide valuable information regarding the health and strength of your bones. Results are received within the day and you and your physician are able to discuss the results and determine a course of action that needs to be taken to prevent bone loss.
What is Dexa Scanning?
Dual Energy X-ray Absortiometry, or DEXA scanning, is currently the most widely used method to measure bone mineral density. For the test, a patient will lay down on an examining table, and the scanner rapidly directs x-ray energy from two different sources towards the bone being examined in an alternating fashion at a set frequency.
DEXA scanning more precisely documents small changes in bone mass and is also more flexible since it can be used to examine both the spine and the extremities. A scan of the spine, hip or the total body requires only one, two or four minutes respectively. Qualitative computed tomography (QCT) is the only technique that can directly measure bone density and volume but can distinguish trabecular from cortical bone. DEXA scanning is less expensive, exposes the patient to less radiation and is more sensitive and accurate at measuring subtle changes in bone density over time or in response to drug therapy than is QCT.
How are the results of DEXA Scanning Helpful?
Studies using DEXA scanning have shown that people with osteoporosis have substantially lower bone density measurements than normal, age-matched people. Bone mineral density is widely accepted as a good indicator of bone strength. Thus low values can be compared against standard bone density measurements and help predict a patient's risk for fracture based upon the DEXA scan measurements.
Who should have a DEXA scan?
◾Estrogen deficiency in women at clinical risk for osteoporosis
◾Evidence of verbal abnormalities
◾Long Term Steroid Use
◾Patients with Hyperparathyroidism
◾People who with Gorhams (vanishing bone disease) also known as Lymphangiomatosis
How should I prepare for my DEXA scan?
For the DEXA examination, wear clothing that does not have any metals (snaps, zippers, buckles, etc) from your shoulders to your knees. It is important that you have not had a barium study, radiostope injection (nuclear medicine), oral or intravenous contrast material from a CT or MRI within seven days prior to your DEXA test.
Both vaginal and abdominal ultrasounds are available in the office for early pregnancy confirmation and various obstetric and gynecological assessments.
Our office follows the most recent recommendations of the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. We provide HPV testing when indicated and the HPV vaccine to girls and women ages 12-26. We recommend that you speak with your physician to determine in the vaccine is appropriate and will meet your needs.
What is HPV?
HPV is a virus that is very common. In fact, most men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives. There are approximately 100 types of HPV. Some HPV types only infect the genital area and may cause warts, some cause mild changes in cervical cells that do not turn into cancer, and some cause changes that may become cervical cancer if present for many years. The types of HPV that are found in the genital areas are usually passed on during sexual contact (sexually transmitted). HPV types that cause warts on the hands or feet do not cause genital warts or cervical cell changes, nor do genital HPV types generally spread outside the genital area.
How common is HPV?
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus. It has been estimated that 75% or more of sexually active Americans will contract HPV sometime in their lives. This means that anyone who has ever had sexual relations has a high chance of being exposed to this virus, but only a small number of women infected with HPV develop cell changes that need to be treated. In almost all cases, the immune system will keep the virus (including the cancer-related HPV types) under control or get rid of it completely. However, if HPV infection does not go away over many years, there is a greater chance of developing cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Only very rarely does the presence of HPV lead to cervical cancer.
What is the HPV Test?
The HPV test can find any of the 13 types of HPV that are most commonly found in cervical cancer. The presence of any of these HPV types in a woman for many years can lead to cell changes that may need to be treated so that cervical cancer does not occur. The HPV test is done at the same time as the Pap test by using a small soft brush to collect cervical cells that are sent to the laboratory, or the HPV testing sample may be taken directly from the Pap sample.
Why should I get the HPV Vaccination?
Genital HPV is a common virus that is passed on through genital contact, most often during sex. Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. It is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s.
There are about 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women. Most HPV types cause no symptoms and go away on their own. But some types can cause cervical cancer in women and other less common genital cancers- like cancers of the anus, vagina, and vulva (area around the opening of the vagina). Other types of HPV can cause warts in the genital areas of men and women, called genital warts. Genital warts are not a life-threatening disease. But they can cause emotional stress and their treatment can be very uncomfortable.
Every year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 4,000 women die from this disease in the U.S. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. (or 1 million people) have visible genital warts at any point in time.
Why should I get the HPV Vaccination?
The HPV vaccine is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series.
The vaccine can also be given to girls 9 or 10 years of age.
West Suburban Women's Health has the added convenience of in house lab testing provided by Healthlab.
West Suburban Women's Health Ltd.
545 Plainfield Roads Suite C
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Office Hours are by Appointment
24 Hour Answering Service:
Phone: (630) 654-2229
Fax: (630) 655-3270