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Donalsonville Hospital now provides the latest in bone health and body composition assessments

Thanks to the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant, Donalsonville Hospital received $900,000 to support initiatives and services that strengthen access to quality care for Georgia’s underserved communities. Donalsonville Hospital, in part, used this grant money to expand its health and wellness services available to men and women with the addition of the Horizon® DXA system from Hologic®.  The imaging technology of the Horizon DXA system provides superb image quality with advanced diagnostic tools to support early detection and treatment of osteoporosis and provide a full body, Advanced Body Composition® assessment.  

Hospital Administrator James Moody said of the addition, “We are constantly looking to expand our offerings here at Donalsonville Hospital so that our patients have access to the services they need to stay healthy and strong throughout their lives. The DCH Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant has helped us do just that and we look forward to the future.”

 Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide. 77% of American women with osteoporosis are undiagnosed (and therefore untreated). Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable and testing is safe and non-invasive.  Horizon enables new dimensions in care, including greater insights into biomechanical strength, visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease, lumbar spine and proximal femur studies, BMD measurements of the entire skeleton, atypical femur fracture (AFF) assessment, and many other clinical applications. 

Additionally, this technology includes the Advanced Body Composition assessment which provides detailed information on body fat, lean mass, bone mass, and visceral fat. This assessment can help individuals track their progress with weight loss and bodybuilding goals. All of these services are now available with a doctor’s order at your hometown hospital. 

To kick off the opening of this new technology, Radiology Department’s Amy Allen and Ryan Nowell held a patient information and Bone Health & Wellness day to introduce the DXA system to patients and physicians. 

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