Bone is a living tissue. It is not simply an "erector set" that keeps us upright, but must renew itself throughout life. Bone health at any age requires a healthy lifestyle, a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and regular exercise. These factors are important in childhood and adolescence to achieve the strongest bones possible and for maintaining bone health in adulthood. Although normal levels of sex hormones are important throughout life, the decision about hormone replacement therapy is especially important at the time of the menopause in women. Hormones are not right for everyone and other treatments to protect your bones are now available.
Established in 1987, our team of clinicians, nurses, nutritionists and therapists is committed to providing state-of-the-art comprehensive care. As full-time faculty and staff of Yale, we are uniquely qualified to ensure that the best treatment options are recommended to you.
- Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Bone Diseases
- Staffed by faculty from The Yale School of Medicine
- International experts in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these disorders including osteoporosis and Paget's Disease of bone
Yale Bone Center
Our services include:
Osteoporosis, a common bone disease, is an area of particular expertise at the Yale Bone Center. Measuring your bone density is recommended to determine your risk for this condition. The Yale Bone Center offers a screening program for this purpose and provides your doctor with a complete report that includes information about your individual risk factors for bone loss.
Therapists specifically trained in the prevention and treatment of metabolic bone disorders educate you in ways to improve strength, maintain mobility and preserve independence.
Center staff includes a dietitian with 20+ years of experience in helping patients choose the correct diet for bone health. She is available for individual consultation.
Yale Bone Densitometry Screening
If your physician refers you to us for a bone densitometry screening, we'll schedule an appointment in our office on the 10th floor of the East Pavilion at Yale New Haven Hospital (20 York Street). The screening usually takes less than 15 minutes and entails lying down on an examination table while a machine scans over your body, taking images of your spine and hips, and sometimes your wrists as well. If you need help, let us know and we will have a Hoyer lift available to assist.Before your appointment, please be sure to read the Bone Density Appointment Instructions and Parking Directions.
We would also appreciate it if you would print out and fill in the appropriate questionnaire, and bring it with you to your appointment:
Questionnaire for adults (in English)
Questionnaire for children (in English)
We now know that people with low bone density are at greater risk of fracture. This risk is determined by comparing your bone mass to healthy young adults of the same gender. The World Health Organization has established diagnostic criteria for osteopenia and osteoporosis based on bone density measurements. Osteopenia means a somewhat reduced bone density. When a person's bone density is lower than the density in 98% of young adults, a diagnosis of osteoporosis is established. If fractures are also present, you have severe osteoporosis.