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How to Lower the Risk of Osteoporosis

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The bones in our bodies are our primary support, so it’s essential that we do what we can to protect them throughout our lives. When our bones are not taken care of properly, it can lead to osteoporosis, which is a condition where the density of our bones is reduced. Many people believe that osteoporosis is just another part of getting older, but that’s far from the truth. There are plenty of ways we can prevent our bones from being porous and fragile.

At Fair Lawn Imaging, we offer a range of medical imaging services, including CT scans, mammograms, and DEXA scans, or bone density scans. If you are struggling with back pain, frequent bone breaks, or your posture has become stooped over time, you may be experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis. Schedule an appointment with your doctor or for a DEXA scan at Fair Lawn Imaging in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

How We Can Prevent Osteoporosis


Any type of exercise is good for your body. But when considering bone health, any weight-bearing activities are great, such as walking, lifting weights, climbing stairs, tennis, and more. If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, it’s important to avoid exercises that require bending at the waste or bending of the spine, or twisting. Consult with your doctor before you start an exercise program.

Eat Right

Your diet plays a significant role in the health of your bones. Vitamins that are essential for bone health include calcium and vitamin D. Adults should get around 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium and around 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D per day. Foods that are rich in calcium are almonds, broccoli, kale and other leafy greens, soybeans, and many dairy products. You’ll find vitamin D in foods like salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish, eggs, and mushrooms — or just spend some time outside in the sun.

Quit Smoking and Limit Alcohol

There are many risk factors for osteoporosis, including smoking, alcohol consumption, low bone mass, and females are also at a higher risk. Limiting your alcohol intake and quitting smoking are good for your health in general, but can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

What to Know About a DEXA Scan

A bone density scan is essentially like having an X-ray done. The machine uses two low-energy X-ray beams that can separate the images into soft tissue and bone. Unlike a typical X-ray, however, DEXA scans are more accurate, and can detect small changes in bone mass, giving your doctor a clearer understanding of the health of your bones.

There are no special preparations that need to be done — you can eat and drink like normal, but may have to stop taking calcium supplements 24 hours before the test. You will also need to take off any clothing that has metal objects on them, like belts, eyeglasses, or jewelry.

The scan itself is not a tunnel like an MRI, but is completed on an open table with an arm extended over the table that emits the X-ray beams. The technician will typically scan your hips and spine, but can complete a whole-body scan if necessary.

At Fair Lawn Imaging, our medical scanning technicians have completed countless scans, and our office is equipped with the latest technology to give patients and doctors the information they need to make an informed diagnoses and create a plan of action going forward. Schedule your bone density scan at our office today.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And in preparation, Fair Lawn Imaging wants to make sure everyone knows how important breast cancer screening is, when women should start getting regular mammograms, and what to know about your appointment.

At Fair Lawn Imaging, we provide a variety of medical imaging services, including:

We utilize the latest technology to ensure that our patients get the best care and high-quality images. If your doctor needs you to have a bone density scan to diagnose osteoporosis, if your doctor needs a moving image of your heart, or if it’s time for your annual mammogram, our medical imaging services provide clear results that will ensure you are getting the best treatment plan. Get in touch with Fair Lawn Imaging in Fair Lawn to schedule your appointment with us. Or, our office accepts walk-ins for patients who need an X-ray. We strive to make getting high-quality care as efficient and convenient as possible.

Why Regular Mammograms Are Important

According to, about 12% of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime. This statistic alone is often incentive enough for women to schedule a screening. Even though going to a medical imaging center and going through the process isn’t the most ideal way to spend an afternoon, it does provide valuable information. Your doctor will analyze your mammogram results for calcifications, masses, and breast tissue density.


When you get a breast cancer screening, your radiologist will look at the results for calcifications. Calcifications are deposits of calcium found within the breast tissue and show up as white spots on the mammogram. There are two types of calcifications: macrocalcifications and microcalcifications.

  • Macrocalcifications: These are larger deposits that are typically caused by aging breast arteries, old injuries, or inflammation. Macro deposits are generally not cancerous and further testing, such as a biopsy, is not needed.

  • Microcalcifications: These show up as tiny specs on the mammogram and they are more concerning. This doesn’t mean, however, that you have cancer, and it may not mean that a biopsy is necessary either. Your radiologist will look closely at the shape, layout, and location of the deposits to determine the next course of action. If they do follow a suspicious pattern or look, your doctor will most likely recommend a biopsy.

A Mass

A mammogram will also look for any masses in the tissue. A mass, also known as a lump or a tumor, can be many things and you shouldn’t worry until you have more information.

A mass in the tissue could be a simple cyst, which is a fluid-filled sac that is typically non-cancerous. However, there are non-simple cysts that may require a biopsy to gather more information.

A mass could also mean a solid tumor, which is more concerning, but does not mean it’s cancer. The shape, size, and edges of the mass, or tumor, will determine if a biopsy is necessary.

Breast Density

The mammogram will also show the density of your breast tissue, which is how fibers, glands, and fat are distributed in your breast. Having dense breasts isn’t unusual, but there is an increased risk of breast cancer and it can be harder to find cancers when patients have dense breast tissue.

With a regular screening, patients will have a history of mammogram results that the doctor can examine for any significant changes in the tissue. Over time, with several years worth of results, doctors can analyze any changes that may have occurred and determine if further testing is necessary to screen for cancer. Your doctor will also take into account your family history and other factors, such as environment, lifestyle, and more. According to, the number of women who have died from breast cancer has decreased in large part due to early detection and from improved treatment. With regular mammograms, it’s easier to catch potential issues earlier, increasing the chance of success.

When Should I Start Getting a Mammogram?

New research and updated guidelines have made things slightly confusing for women who want to know when they should start visiting a medical imaging center for a mammogram. Here are some rough guidelines you can follow:

  • 18 to 40 Years: Women should start breast self-examinations to catch any changes as early as possible.

  • 40 to 44 Years: Women can start getting annual mammograms if they wish, or continue with self-examinations.

  • 45 to 54 Years: Women in this age range should get a mammogram once every year as well as perform self-examinations every month.

  • 55 and Older: Women can choose to continue with annual mammograms or switch to every two years.

It’s important to realize, however, that breast cancer can develop at any age and all women should be aware of their own unique risk for developing cancer. Certain factors can increase the risk, such as family history (especially a mother, daughter, or sister), a history of radiation therapy to the chest, carrying a high-risk gene (BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation), or if the patient is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Anyone who is unsure of whether they should be screened for breast cancer should discuss it with their doctor.

What to Know About Your Appointment

Going to a medical imaging center for a mammogram can be an intimidating process, but it’s important to recognize that the staff performs many screenings on dozens of patients. There isn’t anything to feel self-conscious or nervous about. If you have any questions about a first mammogram, feel free to get in touch with the Fair Lawn Imaging staff. Here are a few quick tips to ease your mind:

  • Try to use the same facility each time so that results can be easily compared.

  • Avoid scheduling your appointment the week before your period as your breasts are generally more tender during this time.

  • On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant as they can interfere with the mammogram results.

  • You will need to fully undress from the waist up, so it may make it easier to wear pants or a skirt rather than a dress.

  • Each breast will be placed one at a time on a medical imaging machine plate. An upper plastic plate will be lowered to compress the breast as the picture is taken.

  • Each breast will only be compressed for a few seconds and the entire process takes about 20 minutes.

  • There may be some discomfort as the breasts are compressed, but let the technician know if you are uncomfortable.

  • How or when you receive the results will depend on whether your mammogram was normal or abnormal. Be sure to ask the technician and to call your doctor if you don’t hear anything within 10 days.

  • Remember that an abnormal result doesn’t automatically mean you have cancer, just that further testing is necessary.

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by scheduling a mammogram at Fair Lawn Imaging, providing quality, compassionate medical imaging services. Call today!



The Many Advantages of 3D Tomosynthesis

If you haven’t heard of 3D tomosynthesis digital mammography, we’re excited to tell you about it. It’s an excellent way to get high-resolution images of the breasts and any problems they might be having, delivering the best pictures and the safest amount of radiation possible. Contact us today to schedule!