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At the Osteoporosis Clinic, we offer diagnostic and clinical services to patients with osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. We help people with low bone mass to manage their disease, focusing on reducing their risk of getting fractures and improving their quality of life.
Post-menopausal women are especially at risk of getting osteoporosis, so most of our patients are women over the age of 50. But about 20% of our patients are also men. And we serve younger patients and those with complex medical problems that put them at a greater risk for bone loss and fractures. These could be transplant, renal, diabetic and cancer patients, as well as people on steroid medications.
We also conduct groundbreaking research into possible new treatments and technologies to assist patients with osteoporosis. You may be able to participate in some of our research studies. Learn more about our
research studies and how to participate.
Our services include bone building and life-saving therapies for osteoporosis and recovering after fracture injuries, as well as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral fractures.
The Bone Density and Body Composition Laboratory at the Osteoporosis Clinic is part of the
Centre of Excellence in Skeletal Health Assessment, a group of bone diagnostic
centres in partnership with the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital. We provide diagnostic tests for bone strength, muscle
density and body composition.
Our lab is equipped with a DXA machine (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry), used for diagnosing osteoporosis. We also have the Xtreme CT, a low-radiation scanner that can examine
bone structure and density in a non-invasive way.
Bone Density Test
Other diagnostic tests (used primarily for research studies) include:
Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. After your visit, you might be required to go to the Diagnostic Test Centre for blood tests and/or Medical Imaging for x-rays. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes.
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We help people diagnosed with osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases, and we focus on reducing their fracture risk and improving quality of life. Our physicians specialize in a wide variety of disciplines, including endocrinology, general internal medicine, geriatrics, interventional radiology, orthopedics, rheumatology and women's health.
Dr. Angela Cheung
Medical Director: Dr. Lianne Tile
Clinic Secretary: Tuyet Young
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.