Thousands of people at risk of osteoporosis in regional South Australia will continue to benefit from quality care close to home through the bone density mobile service following a recent upgrade.
The SA Medical Imaging (SAMI) Mobile Bone Densitometry (MBD) assistance provides a reliable platform for patients and healthcare providers who may not have had access to the treatment otherwise.
Importantly, it seeks to assess people for low bone mass or osteoporosis to determine future fracture risk, and measures a patient's response to osteoporosis treatment.
Medical Scientist in Charge of Bone Densitometry at SAMI Chris Schultz shared how the set up has been enhanced to ensure continuity of care across regional and rural South Australia.
This means data is now available across all health sites in the state for clinicians to ensure that the right therapy is being used to improve a patient's long-term service of care and treatment.
"The improvements ensure the service provides faster reporting and is more reliable for patients, as well as the doctors who are waiting for the results and ensuring effective treatment...," Mr Schultz said.
Associate Professor Dylan Bartholomeusz said it's good news for the thousands of regional and rural South Australia who receive this type of care each year.
"This is an essential service which has operated continuously since November 1994 and has seen over 30,000 patients, visited more than 50 towns, and travelled more than 100,000km," he said.
To date, about five million Australians are at high risk of osteoporosis or have an increased risk of fracture due to low bone mass, with one fracture occurring every 2.9 minutes.
The direct and indirect costs of these conditions account for $33.6 billion across a 10-year period.