September 18, 2007 - GE Healthcare Lunar will demonstrate unique technology to help physicians measure bone mineral density in children, as well as display systems to enable licensed medical practitioners to simultaneously assess body composition and ascertain fat distribution in adults, at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 29th Annual Meeting, Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, 2007, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
This X-ray technology, called Dual-Energy X-ray Absorbtiometry or DXA scanning, measures and calculates bone, fat and muscle mass. Pediatric bone mineral density assessment can be challenging for physicians to monitor over time, because the skeleton of a child is growing simultaneously during the timeframe of monitoring. GE Lunar is launching enhanced enCORE software for its DXA systems that allows physicians to measure a child's bone density, fat and lean tissue mass composition, by factoring in and trending the child's age, height and other variables. This enables the physician to separate out the child's growth from other changes to the size and density of the skeleton.
GE-Exclusive Body Composition Measurements and Calculations: GE Lunar also will feature its iDXA and Prodigy DXA systems that are now FDA-cleared to measure and calculate bone, fat and muscle mass for body composition analysis. Separate from bone mineral density assessment, a new Body Composition Software system can help people and their physicians establish goals for weight loss, exercise and diet regimes. DEXA body composition is a useful alternative to hydrostatic weighing and skin fold measurements.
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