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Does anyone know where you can get a bone scan or whatever screening
test is done for osteoporosis, at little or no cost? I seem to recall
some time ago that tests were being offered at Long's Drugs or similar,
but I haven't seen anything lately.
I understand that X-rays will not be as accurate as another type of
non-invasive diagnosis: DEXA. The latter can detect bone loss earlier
than the X-ray. Unfortunately, I do not know where one can obtain this
screening for low/no cost.
The Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education offers a Bone
Density Test for $25 at Longs Drugstores. You can contact them at
I had a bone scan at a Long's Drugs a year or so ago. The VNHA
(Visiting Nurses and Hospice Association) was running the scanning program
so you might check with a local VNHA office to see when or if VNHA will be
running the scanning program again. I was told at the time that a bone
scan done in a clinic or hospital would be more reliable, so if you
have medical insurance, then perhaps your gynecologist could give you a
I also was given literature by a group called FORE. I forget what the
acronym stands for, but I think it's something like Foundation for
Osteoporosis Research and something. So you could look for a local or
national listing for FORE as well.
I was at Longs at Shattuck and Rose on Friday and there was a poster
announcing that bone scans would be given this Tuesday, Nov. 30.
You might call that store directly for times. I checked the program
out one time and found that the technician does go to lunch at some
point so you might also want to get an idea of when that might be.
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