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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:
- Mall Health Resource Center
- Churches and Other Places of Worship
- Corporate Offices
- College Campuses
- Retirement Communities
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:
- Both hips
- Both wrists
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 vertebraethese 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:
2109 West Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37604