Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Imaging Services

Bone Density Scan

A bone density study (also called a bone mineral density, bone densitometry study or a DEXA scan) measures the calcium content (or density) of your bones to assess your risk for osteoporosis (or loss of bone mass). In effect, this test measures the strength of your bones by testing their hardness. By having this test done, you will help your physician assess your condition and, if needed, recommend ways to prevent further bone loss.

How does it work?

A bone density scan is painless and safe. The radiation exposure is minimal, and there are no aftereffects. A bone densitometry or DEXA machine emits a narrow beam of radiation to measure the density of your bones. Scans of your lower back, hip or forearm are typically taken.

Preparing for your bone density study

Do not take calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to your bone density study.

Dress comfortably, but make sure your clothes do not have any zippers, metal buttons or buckles. You will be asked to remove your watch and any other metal items. Be sure to let your technologist know if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Also let us know if:

  • You have any metal in your body, such as spinal fusion rods or a hip replacement.
  • You have had a recent nuclear medicine scan or a barium enema.
  • You have a severely curved spine, you’ve had spinal surgery or you have difficulty lying on your back.

If you have test results from any prior bone density scans, please bring them to your appointment.

The procedure

Typically, the exam itself only takes about 15 to 30 minutes. You will be asked to lie on or sit down on a comfortable, padded table. For part of the test, your lower legs may be raised on a platform to ensure that the images taken will be clear. During the procedure, a scanner arm above you will move back and forth over the part of your body being examined. The machine will not touch your body. You will need to be completely still throughout the procedure. Your certified and licensed radiologic technologist will be nearby throughout the exam. Please let your tech know if you have any questions or discomfort.

The images produced by your bone density scan will be reviewed by a physician specializing in nuclear medicine. A report will be sent to your doctor, usually within 24 hours, who will then explain the results of your test and what they mean relative to your particular health issues and treatment.

Request an appointment online, or call 302-838-3088 or toll-free 877-838-3088.