Metabolic Bone Disease
Metabolic Bone Disease

Medical Subspecialties Institute

Metabolic Bone Disease Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Metabolic Bone Disease

Patients are first asked to provide a thorough medical history. Caregivers then conduct a physical examination to determine which laboratory tests and imaging studies are required.

Imaging tests can help determine the severity of the bone disease. These tests may include:

  • Bone density scan: Also called a bone densitometry scan or DEXA scan, a test that uses x-ray technology to estimate bone loss. It can be used to detect osteoporosis.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan: An imaging test that uses x-ray technology to take cross-sectional pictures to evaluate bone loss.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan: An imaging test that uses magnetic waves to take a series of pictures to evaluate bone loss.
  • Nuclear medicine parathyroid scan: An imaging test that allows physicians to inspect the parathyroid at a molecular level. It can be used to detect parathyroid gland disorders affecting calcium balance.

Patients may need to repeat testing once treatment is initiated to see how they respond to therapy.

Treatment of Metabolic Bone Disease

The treatment regimen for metabolic bone disease depends on the cause and severity of the disease. Most of these disorders are treated with medications. In cases where surgery is needed, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s team of experienced surgeons work closely with physicians at the Metabolic Bone Disease Program.

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Meet Our Team

The Metabolic Bone Disease Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Medical Subspecialties Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone disease. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:

  • Endocrinologists
  • Radiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Patient Educators.
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