Twenty percent of hip fracture patients over age fifty die within a year due to complications. Fractures and bone breaks more commonly occur to bones weakened by the progressive disease, Osteoporosis. For many patients, there are no warnings before the first fracture. By that time, it's usually too late to do anything to reverse it. Unfortunately, Osteoporosis cannot be cured, only managed and prevented. BeamMed's mission is to give clinicians the right tools to diagnose Osteoporosis as early and safely as possible. The early identification of osteoporosis is vital to a patient's future bone health.

Illustration of Osteoporosis-Affected Bone

As seen in the illustration above, a healthy bone has far more points of connection within the bone. The porous bone affected by Osteoporosis is more susceptible to breaks, because the bone is more brittle and less substantive. Over time, bone affected by Osteoporosis becomes porous and fragile, leading to more breaks than with healthy bone.

High risk factors for Osteoporosis include sedentary lifestyle, early menopause, low body weight, and advanced age. Patients at the highest risk of Osteoporosis are white females of above 65 years of age. Although bone scans are recommended for adults over the age of fifty, patients who have several risk factors should be tested sooner and more frequently.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors Chart

Diagnosing Osteoporosis typically involves performing an x-ray bone densitometer scan. Traditional methods of x-ray bone scans have the unfortunate side effect of exposing patients to small amounts of harmful radiation. BeamMed offers the only safe, proven alternative to bone density scans with its ultrasound bone sonometers. These devices use ultrasound technology rather than x-ray to determine the bone density of key testing sites. This new method of testing is ideal for patients with mobility concerns who may have an extremely difficult time laying in the large x-ray scanners. BeamMed's bone sonometers can be used on patients seated in regular chairs. No complex contorting is required to achieve fast and accurate results with BeamMed's bone sonometer devices.

BeamMed's most innovative product is the Sunlight MiniOmni Portable Bone Sonometer. The MiniOmni is an inexpensive and sustainable option for performing bone density scans. It is radiation-free and non-invasive, meaning it can be used on patients normally not permitted to undergo x-ray scans, including patients who are pregnant, patients with mobility issues, and those who have recently taken an oral contrast dye.

BeamMed MiniOmni Bone Sonometer

The MiniOmni has an exceptionally low system cost and does not use disposables. Additionally, the software used with the BeamMed is compatible with all Windows 7 and above PCs and laptops. At eight pounds, the MiniOmni is ultra-small in size and weight. It can be easily carried from room to room. Performing a bone scan is a streamlined, painless procedure when using a BeamMed Bone Sonometer. One of the great advantages to BeamMed's products is that they allow multi-site testing. Arm, finger, leg, and foot measurements are all possible with the MiniOmni. The video below demonstrates how easy it is to scan patients with a MinOmni.

The software associated with the MiniOmni provides easy to understand, graphical measurement reports in minutes. In comparison to x-ray scans, which can take up to thirty minutes to provide results, the MiniOmni is a quick and easy method for both clinicians and patients. The convenience of BeamMed's technology makes testing for Osteoporosis a simple task. With more frequent testing, Osteoporosis can be detected and treated early, preventing the pain of late in life fractures. If you have any questions about BeamMed products or bone scan technology, please contact our sales team at or by phone at (800) 633-1558.