To reduce the impact of osteoporosis by promoting research; providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive services; and facilitating educational opportunities for the lay public and health care professionals.
Dr. Ronald C. Hamdy, Chair of Geriatrics and Center Physician, is internationally known in the osteoporosis field. He has published four books, over 200 articles in various medical journals, and numerous chapters in medical texts. Trained at the University of London, he was recruited by ETSU in 1985 to build a division of Geriatric Medicine; he has served as the Quillen Chair of Geriatrics since. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Densitometry, and previously served for ten years as the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Medical Journal. He recently published an article in the SMJ with a new algorithm for physicians to use in treating osteoporosis.
We provide bone density scans using state-of-the-art equipment. We have three different scan machines both for your convenience and for accuracy of comparison.
In our office, we offer both Lunar and Hologic scan machines (densitometers); this allows for a more accurate comparison to previous scans.
We also offer a mobile scan machine (Hologic) so patients can have scans in locations besides the VA Campus. We regularly offer scans at ETSU Physicians and Associates offices in Johnson City and Kingsport. We also offer screenings (scanning one hip) within the community for a small fee. Some example screening locations include:
Unlike many other offices that scan only the spine and one hip, we scan 5 sites to attain a more thorough understanding of your bone health:
We also routinely provide a Vertebral Fracture Assessment for patients with relevant risk factors. This additional view allows us to see if there are any compression fractures of the vertebrae—these are sometimes not associated with pain or other symptoms, but indicate the presence of osteoporosis.
Our staff is dedicated to ensuring a pleasant scan experience. We are also happy to provide you with educational literature as you wait!
The Osteoporosis Center is located at:
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
69 Dogwood Avenue
Building 8, First Floor
Mountain Home, TN
The majority of our scans are performed at our fixed site, located on the lush VA Campus in the heart of Johnson City.
For those patients who have difficulty walking or who find it easier to visit the Kingsport location, we offer mobile services for your convenience.