GE installs 5,000th Lunar Prodigy bone densitometer

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GE Healthcare has deployed its 5,000th Lunar Prodigy bone densitometer to William Sunshine, MD, a rheumatologist in Boca Raton, Fla.
   
The GE Lunar Prodigy uses direct digital technology as a method for bone density testing for detecting osteoporosis; a disease characterized by low bone mass and increased risk of fracture.
   
According to the 2004 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, while another 34 million are at risk for developing the disease. The report also states that approximately 1.5 million bone fractures per year are attributable to osteoporosis and health care expenditures related to osteoporosis are estimated to be $18 billion per year.