Care & Education
Endocrinology Clinic: 801-213-3599
Diabetes Clinic: 801-662-1640
Our interdisciplinary team provides medical care and education in diabetes and endocrinology. This includes care in children and adolescents for:
- diabetes type 1 and 2,
- thyroid disorders,
- adrenal disorders,
- growth disorders,
- pubertal disorders, and
- bone metabolism disorders.
Our clinics and education programs provide ongoing comprehensive interdisciplinary education and specialized care to children with diabetes and their families. Parents discuss areas of need and collaborate with our specialists to develop an individualized plan of care.
We also provide a bone density or DXA scan service.
Find a Specialist
Primary Children's Outpatient at Dixie Regional
1380 East Medical Center Dr.,
St George, UT 84780
Provo Diabetes Clinic
1134 N 500 W,
Utah Diabetes Clinic
4401 Harrison Blvd
Pediatric Bone Densitometry/DXA Scan
Clinical Evaluation of Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a disorder of bone mineralization and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in older individuals.
- Children and adolescents are building bone and should achieve peak bone mass in early adulthood.
- Ensuring adequate mineralization of bone during growth so as to maximize peak bone mass should decrease the risk of osteoporosis and fracture in later life.
- Pediatric patients do not have the same issues with fractures as do older adults, but some are at risk for poor bone health.
Risk factors for poor bone mineralization in children and adolescents include:
- Chronic illness,
- Poor intake of calcium or vitamin D,
- Malabsorption (Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, short gut syndrome),
- Chronic steroid use,
- Musculoskeletal disorders which limit weight bearing activities,
- History of multiple fractures, and
- Family history of osteoporosis.
- Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is one means of measuring bone mineralization and estimating bone strength and fracture risk.
- The Pediatric Bone Densitometry Service, available through University of Utah Health’s Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, offers bone densitometry and body composition testing in children ages three through 19 years.
- Utilizing fan beam technology to acquire an areal image, DXA yields both bone mass and body composition (fat and lean tissue) results. We are uniquely equipped to scan children and provide meaningful age and gender-matched reference data for evaluation of individual bone health status.
- While the exact relationship between DXA data and fracture risk is less understood in pediatrics, there is good normative data available to identify individuals with poor bone mineralization.
- Our technicians possess over 15 years of experience acquiring DXA in children of all capacities, and are knowledgeable about non-standard scan types such as the lateral distal femur technique.
- Our interpreting physician is board certified in pediatrics and the subspecialty pediatric endocrinology, and has over 14 years of experience working with pediatric metabolic bone disorders.
- All staff are licensed by the State of Utah and have received professional certification in their respective fields of bone densitometry from the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).
- ISCD’s Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT) credential signifies that an individual has passed an examination designed to meet established industry standards and best practices in the field of bone densitometry.
- The Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) credential recognizes medical practitioners who meet specified knowledge requirements in the field of bone densitometry as measured through a standardized testing process.
Refer a Patient
- Patient's Name and DOB
- Diagnosis or indication for DXA scan
- Referring physician's name
Parking & Directions
From the hospital entrance- Take the visitor or patient elevators to the 3rd floor of the main hospital building. We are located in the Neuro Acute Care (“NAC”) Unit. Turn right off the elevators, and right down the hall, towards the NAC. The DXA room is across the hall from the nurses station, around the corner from the drinking fountain.