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Take a Virtual Tour of Clinton Public Hospital's New BMD Suite

April 26, 2021

Thanks to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation and their generous donors, the Clinton Public Hospital now has the latest state-of-the-art X-Ray Bone Densitometer that will be used to diagnose our patients’ bone mineral density (BMD).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was not able to take place, but please join Jenn, Senior Technologist/Certified BMD Technologist for a virtual tour of the new suite!  


Fast Facts about the new BMD Suite!

  • The General Electric Prodigy DXA system is able to provide a fracture risk assessment of the lumbar spine and hip with a relatively quick, non-invasive and painless test.
  • DXA stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It uses the differences in the absorption of high energy and low energy X-ray photons by different elements to quantify the amount of bone and soft tissue in the body. Certain elements in bone minerals, calcium for example, will absorb more low-energy X-rays than the elements in soft tissue. This enables a precise and accurate estimate of bone mineral density.
  • The radiation dose of a bone densitometer is the lowest of any x-ray instrument.
  • One quarter of all women now aged 50 will experience a serious fracture of the spine and/or hip during their lifetime. Identifying and treating those most at risk will make an impact both on patient well-being and health care expenditures.
  • Clinton Public Hospital performs approximately 1,200 BMD studies per year.
  • As noted, this project was funded by the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. We thank them for generous support!