OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

Bone Density

Half of women over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetimes, and more than 1.5 million bones weakened by osteoporosis break each year.

Changing these statistics is one of the goals of the OSF Saint Anthony Bone Health Program. All patients who receive a bone density evaluation using the advanced  technology at the OSF Women's Center are offered the opportunity to meet with a certified clinical densitometrist and orthopedic clinical nurse specialist.  During the consultation, the specialist will discuss screening results, review your health history and assess your risks for osteoporosis.       

For the most thorough information and education, remember to ask your physician to order a bone density screening at the OSF Women's Center. Your free consultation with our bone health expert is offered as part of the screening. 

Call 815-227-2797 for more information.

Risk Factors

  • Being female
  • Thin and/or small frame
  • Advanced age
  • Family history of the disease
  • Post-menopausal, including early or surgically induced menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  • Anorexia nervosa or bulimia
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • excessive use of alcohol,
  • Being Caucasian or Asian, although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at significant risk as well. 

    (Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation)