Radiologic Technologist at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Earns Bone Densitometry Certification

Belinda Sargent, RT (R, M)

Belinda Sargent, RT (R, M) of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has earned certification in Bone Densitometry from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. She will add the “BD” designation to her list of credentials.

Bone Densitometry, better known as DEXA, is a type of x-ray imaging test performed to measure bone mineral density at a specific anatomical site, usually the spine, hip or forearm or to calculate total body mineral content, determining if a person has osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and break more easily. Physicians use the results of this exam to estimate the amount of bone loss, to track the rate of bone loss over a specific period of time and to estimate the risk of fracture.

“We are very pleased to have such a dedicated, qualified technologist such as Belinda here at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital,” said Marcy Rushford, Director of Imaging & Cardiology. “She and the other technologists she works with have set a high bar for themselves to ensure excellent quality in imaging can be obtained for every patient during every visit. Their commitment to exceptional patient care makes BMH a world class diagnostic imaging center.”

Bone density testing is currently offered at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments can be made, with a physician’s order, by calling 802-251-8451.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department performs more than 40,000 procedures annually, and provides Breast Imaging, CT, Ultrasound & Echocardiography, Nuclear Medicine & Nuclear Cardiology, MRI and X-Ray imaging, in addition to Bone Density testing.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that over 10 million people nationwide have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mineral content, putting them at risk for osteoporosis. The disease occurs to people of all ages and in both men and women. In 2005, osteoporosis related fractures were responsible for over $19 million dollars in costs to healthcare—that number is expected to grow to 25 billion by the year 2025.