New technology at Tyrone Hospital helps detect osteoporosis

Tyrone Hospital has expanded its diagnostic imaging services to include the GE Medical Systems Lunar Bone Densitometer. The technology will assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease that decreases bone strength making bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures. The disease affects both men and women. However, it affects nearly one-half of all postmenopausal women, the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis.
Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis is making important new advances. A key factor in this success has been the availability of new and improved equipment to measure bone density. Now, that technology is available at Tyrone Hospital.
Using the bone densitometer, physicians can measure patient bone density and follow it over time. If the patient’s bone density is low, or decreases at an abnormally fast rate, the patient may be at risk for osteoporosis.
Terry Crouse, who was recently promoted to director of Radiology said the bone densitometer uses small amounts of x-ray to measure the density of the spine, hip and other bones which are the most frequent sites of fracture. Patients who undergo the test are asked to recline on an exam table, to lie still and breathe normally during the scan. The scan is painless and typically takes one to ten minutes to complete. A physician order is required for all patients who undergo bone densitometry.
As director of Radiology, Crouse will oversee Tyrone Hospital’s imaging services which includes x-ray, MRI, CT scan, mammography, nuclear medicine and the hospital’ s new bone densitometry service.
Mr. Crouse entered the radiology profession in 1987 while in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the Academy of Health and Science in San Antonio, Texas where he also received certification in anatomy and physics in radiology.
Prior to joining Tyrone Hospital, he was employed at Lewistown Hospital. He also worked for an orthopedic surgical practice providing services as a relief radiology technologist and assisted with the implementation of HIPPA and OSHA standards.
Mr. Crouse is the father of three children and is currently relocating to the Houtzdale area.
For more information about Tyrone Hospital’s bone densitometry services contact Crouse at (814) 684-6385.