Because of osteoporosis, about half of all women over the age of 50 will fracture a hip, wrist, or vertebra (bone of the spine) during their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health. West Boca Medical Center wants all women to take preventative measures seriously. That's why the facility is offering ladies free bone-density screenings at The Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging. Bone densitometry is a painless test used to help detect the disease.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for osteoporosis in women aged 65 years or older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors. For more information about osteoporosis, including risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and more, visit the following site.

To make a reservation for your free bone-density screening, call 866/904-9262. West Boca Diagnostic Imaging is located at the southwest corner of Palmetto Park Road and Powerline Road in the Garden Shops Plaza at 7070 W. Palmetto Park Road.

Boca Regional Receives Honor

Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in June that it has received the 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award and the 2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, an online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. These designations place Boca Regional (800 Meadows Road, 561/955.7100) in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for women’s health and in the top 10 percent for maternity care. 

The women’s health study looked at 4,783 hospitals and Boca Raton Regional was one of 176 to receive the Women’s Health Excellence Award. Healthgrades found that patients treated at one of these top-rated hospitals had a 55 percent lower death rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21 percent lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures.

For the Maternity Care Excellence Award, Healthgrades reviewed roughly 1,500 hospitals and found that patients treated at the 141 top-performing hospitals had 55 percent fewer complications during a vaginal childbirth delivery and 77 percent fewer during a C-section delivery than those treated at the lowest-rated hospitals.