Preventative Screenings

An ounce of prevention goes a long way – especially when it comes to preventative screenings. Our state-of-the-art screenings help you prevent and diagnose disease so that you and your physician will have the information you need to stay healthy.

From Bone density (DEXA) scans to coronary calcium screenings, we can thoroughly check you out from head to toe. With screening information in-house, you can work with our physicians to make lifestyle changes that will keep early signs of risk from turning into lifelong illnesses.

Osteoporosis is a very treatable condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or even something so simple as a sneeze. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends testing with a bone density scan in women over age 65 and men and women who have Osteoporosis risk factors such as chronic prednisone use, rheumatoid arthritis, and specific fractures.This safe, non-invasive test requires very little preparation. You can eat and drink on the day of the test. With an order from your provider, most insurance companies will pay for the test — especially if you have any of the risk factors. Medicare will cover an initial screening and a repeat testing once every 24 months. We have certified bone density specialists and state-of-the-art equipment to assist you. Call 541.382.4900 and ask your physician about Bone Density Testing today.

CIMT (carotid intima-media thickness) screenings provide an accurate, technologically advanced method for determining cardiovascular risk. This screening can often reveal heart attack and stroke risk where other tests cannot. The technology is especially effective in determining potential risk in individuals who fall below the age recommendations for coronary calcium scorings ( males over 45 and females over 55). BMC is also the first in Central Oregon to use the proven University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program protocol. This ultrasound screening is non-invasive and uses no ionizing radiation. To ensure the greatest effectiveness, all tests are conducted by highly trained sonographers in our state-of-the-art Echocardiography Lab. The cost of the screening is $249.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, but early detection and prevention can help change this statistic. Bend Memorial Clinic is a Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) Certified Center of Excellence for heart attack prevention and early detection. We administer coronary calcium screenings for just $99 that provide the most accurate, noninvasive look at your potential heart attack risk. To make an appointment for a Coronary Calcium Screening, please call 541-317-4311.

 

Fifty percent of those who suffer a broken hip will die within a year of the fall. With falls being the #1 cause of accidents leading to death among seniors, BMC is proud to announce the arrival of a new device, the Proactive Fall Prevention Screen. This device is the only one of its kind in Oregon and is designed to help determine if there is something wrong with the vestibular (balance) portion of the inner ear. These tests can help isolate dizziness symptoms to a specific cause that can often be treated and can prevent falls.The Proactive Fall Prevention Screen results are used to verify whether a patient is at risk for a future fall or whether a balance abnormality exists in the patient’s eye, brain or ear. Abnormalities in the ear can be verified and treated by the Internal Medicine Department at BMC. If the condition detected involves the eyes or brain, our providers can refer patients to the respective specialists. To make an appointment for the Proactive Fall Screen call 541-318-3232.

Vascular disease can cause lethal aneurysms and strokes. Vascular specialists believe there are over 750,000 men and women in this country with undiagnosed aneurysms. Stroke is the leading cause of disability — more than $70 billion is spent annually on the care and treatment of stroke patients. Many over the age of 70 have poor circulation in their legs — peripheral arterial disease. These individuals are more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke.Most vascular experts and cardiologists suggest that everyone over the age of 60, particularly those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and previous or current cigarette smokers, should consider undergoing vascular disease screening. Bend Memorial Clinic offers three screenings — Carotid Artery Exam, Leg Artery Exam, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Exam —each $50 or get all three for $140. These screenings do not require a referral from your primary care provider. Payment is due at time of screening. Call 541-317-4310 and schedule your Vascular Testing.