A patient getting a bone scan

Services

Bone Health Services

At CCAO, our bone health services go far beyond DXA scans. Our goal is to provide truly comprehensive bone health services. These include:

  • Risk assessment and counseling in lifestyle modification to minimize bone loss
  • Diagnostic bone densitometry (DXA) assessment
  • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of patients with low bone mass and osteoporosis, including screening for underlying causes of bone loss
  • Full access to a broad range of treatments for osteoporosis, including the provision of infusible and injectable medications
  • Assessment of response to therapy with both DXA and laboratory testing

Our bone health evaluation includes a complete risk factor assessment and physical exam, along with DXA and laboratory evaluation as indicated. In most cases, provider visit, DXA scan and review of DXA results can be accomplished in one appointment. If the patient requires treatment, we will discuss treatment options with your patient, initiate treatment and follow response to therapy. You will be kept fully informed of your patient’s progress with timely, complete consultation reports and office notes.

DXA

If you refer a patient for a diagnostic bone density (DXA) scan, we will provide a top-quality diagnostic study, along with concise, clinically-relevant, evidence-based treatment recommendations. We will send you a timely, detailed report of your patient’s DXA results and will mail the patient a brief summary of the results. Finally, we will remind your patient when the next DXA is due.

FRAX: Cutting Edge Risk-Factor Assessment

One of the most clinically challenging groups of patients from a treatment perspective is the low bone mass (a.k.a. osteopenia) diagnostic category. A recent major advance in the understanding of fracture risk in this group is embodied in the World Health Organization’s FRAX risk factor assessment tool. With FRAX, multiple clinical risk factors are combined with DXA results to give a quantitative estimate of the osteopenic patient’s 10-year risk for hip fracture and overall osteoporotic fracture. When combined with the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s recently updated treatment recommendations, CCAO clinical densitometrists are able to give clear, evidence-based treatment recommendations for patients with low bone mass. Even though major DXA manufacturers have yet to incorporate FRAX analysis into their software, CCAO goes the extra mile by providing FRAX-based fracture risk assessment as part of all DXA reports for patients with the diagnosis of osteopenia.

Infusion Centers

CCAO offers in-office infusion services at all of our locations. This allows patients who require intravenous administration of medications to receive these in the comfort and convenience of one of our infusion suites. Not only is this quicker and more convenient for patients than hospital-based infusion, but office-based infusion is typically much less expensive than similar services provided in a hospital setting.

Our infusion nurses are experienced in obtaining intravenous access in even the most difficult of venous access situations, including the use of subcutaneous central venous ports. They are trained in safely administering and monitoring a wide variety of biological and non-biological intravenous medications in an office setting. The CCAO infusion staff can make the infusion experience more comfortable for even the most anxious patient.

Typical medications provided in our infusion suites include:

Non-rheumatology Infusion Referrals

If you have non-rheumatology patients who could benefit from our infusion services, please feel free to contact one of our providers to discuss the advantages of using CCAO for your patients’ infusion needs.


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