Osteoporosis Center

Osteoporosis (literally meaning "porous bones") is a disease in which your bones become thin, fragile, and more likely to break. If not prevented, or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks – usually the hip, wrist or spine – which can lead to significant pain, disability, and reduced quality of life.

The Osteoporosis Center at Fletcher Allen, located in the outpatient clinics on the Medical Center Campus, provides state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis and related metabolic bone disease.

We provide specialized medical care and evaluation through measurement of bone mass and a metabolic bone clinic, which treats patients with both acquired and hereditary metabolic bone and mineral disorders.

Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know

  • Technology
    The Center has on-site bone mineral density (BMD) testing to predict one’s likelihood of breaking bones in the future. This instrument, called a DXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) uses very low dose x-ray beams to determine the strength of your bone. The test is simple, quick, and painless. We also provide bone density testing to the community at health fairs and industrial sites, utilizing ultrasound technology.
  • Personalized Care
    We educate and treat patients in all stages of osteoporosis to prevent further bone loss and reduce the chance of breaking a bone. We also evaluate and treat other forms of bone disease such as osteomalacia, hyperparathyroidism, Paget's disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and unexplained bone fractures. The Osteoporosis Center is investigating new and current treatments through clinical research studies.
  • Experienced, Trusted Expertise
    The Osteoporosis Center, founded in 1990, was the first such center in northern New England. Since that time, the Center has evaluated hundreds of individuals afflicted with bone disease and has performed bone density studies on over 24,000 individuals.

    All provider members certified in bone density interpretation by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) in order to provide high-quality measurement of bone density.  After an initial orientation period, all of our technologists have also become certified densitometric technologists. 

Who Should be Tested?

These age groups may benefit from testing:

  • Women age 65+
  • Men age 70+
  • Postmenopausal women with risk factors (including family history; thin build; infrequent exercise; too little calcium and vitamin D; history of smoking; and treatment with medications which affect the bones, such as glucocorticoids.)
  • Anyone age 40+ with a broken bone not caused by major trauma.

Learn More about Bone Density Testing

Fletcher Allen performs over 3,500 scans annually at two locations:

For bone density testing, your doctor will need to fax a "Request for Bone Density Study" form to the Osteoporosis Center:

  • Fax number 802-847-7990