SPECIALTIES : Radiology - Diagnostic
The HORIZON Bone Densitometry System, manufactured by HOLOGIC, incorporates D.E.X.A technology and is suitable for carrying out precise tests in all types of patients, regardless of age and body shape.

Intuitive design, innovative tools and a comprehensive platform-these features are fully incorporated into the HORIZON DXA densitometry system. The system is easy to use, featuring a graphical user interface that streamlines the exam process from start to finish.

Unlike any other bone densitometry technology, the HORIZON DXA system allows practices to assess multiple chronic diseases in a single visit, benefiting:

  • Patients, with its great comfort, fast exam times and low-dose X-rays, and
  • Practitioners, by giving them an expanded range of highly valued clinical services to help them build the success of their practices

HORIZON DXA system can help clinicians assess bone health, body composition and cardiovascular risk-critical elements that will help patients keep life in motion.

Only HORIZON DXA produces radiographic quality images of the entire femur for assessment of potential atypical femur fractures. HORIZON DXA system features the latest innovations in bone densitometry technology; including a new digital high resolution ceramic detector array, a new frequency X-ray generator and an internal dynamic calibration system, which delivers pixel-by-pixel calibration through bone and tissue equivalents for greater long-term precision.

Features of the Horizon DXA system include:

Single energy (SE) femur exam

An SE femur exam delivers an image within 10-15 seconds.  This allows visualization of potential atypical femur fractures that can occur as the result of long-term bisphosphonate use.

High Definition Instant Vertebral Fracture Assessment (IVA-HD) imaging tool

The IVA-HD imaging tool dramatically improves the detection of vertebral fractures by doubling the resolution of previously available techniques with a low-dose, single-energy image. Vertebral fracture status, combined with traditional bone density testing, is the gold standard for fracture risk assessment.

Abdominal aortic calcification

The IVA-HD tool also allows you to visualize calcified plaques in the abdominal aorta, which may be a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke.2-4 Exclusive to Hologic, this feature provides vital information that may link to coronary heart disease (CHD), the leading cause of death for women. In fact, nearly 39 percent of all female deaths in the U.S. are due to CHD.

Advanced Body Composition assessment with InnerCore visceral fat assessment

This feature produces color images displaying the distribution of fat, lean mass, bone and fat mass index. The information is translated into an easy-to-interpret report for improved patient management and counseling.

All Horizon DXA systems incorporate the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) whole body composition reference data.  The Endocrine Society recommends annual bone mineral density and body composition exams for bariatric surgery patients.5

FRAX* 10-year fracture risk assessment

The FRAX tool calculates a patient’s 10-year probability of hip and other osteoporotic fractures. FRAX was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help healthcare providers identify and proactively treat patients with a high risk of debilitating bone fractures due to low bone mass and other significant risk factors.

*FRAX is a trademark of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, located at the University Of Sheffield Medical School, UK.

Advanced Fan-Beam DXA Technology

One Pass™ Acquisition Technique; Multi-Detector Array Scanning Method

New 64 – 128 high-resolution multi element Ceramic digital detector array
New High Frequency X-ray Generator
Indexing Scan Table with Positioning Accessories
Motorized Table and C-arm
Dynamic Internal Reference System for Continuous Calibration
Computer Console
QDR Anthropomorphic Spine Phantom

Standard Computer Package
Computer Workstation with Dual Core 3 GHz
Windows® 7 Professional
250 GB hard drive
19” Widescreen LCD Monitor
HP Professional Series Color DeskkJet® printer
DVD RAM drive

Standard Configuration:
Hologic APEX 5™ Operating System
Automatic PASS/FAIL Quality Control
Express BMD™ 10 Second Acquisition
Single Energy Scan Display Capability
Window/Level Control for Image Optimization

Apex Productivity Tools
Express Exam™ Workflow Management
OneTime™ Auto Analysis with Histogram
ProTech with DXApro™
Auto Hip Positioning
Reposition/Rescan Feature
Automatic Scan Comparison for Serial Exams
Least Significant Change Configuration

Horizon Advance Reporting Solutions
QDR OnePage™ Report with Rate of Change Assessment
FRAX® 10 Year Fracture Assessment
New Dual Hip™ Report
New integrated Report Writer DX™

Horizon Scan and Analysis Protocols
AP Lumbar Spine with Automatic Low Density Analysis and Scoliosis Analysis
Proximal Femur, Automatic Low Density Analysis and Hip Structure Analysis (HSA)
Dual Hip™
Whole Body BMD
Advanced Body Composition™ Analysis with InnerCore™ Visceral Fat Assessment
IVA HD with Image Pro High Resolution Imaging Capability
Quantitative Morphometry
Integrated Physician’s Viewer with MXApro™
New Atypical Femur Fracture Assessment (AFF) High Resolution Imaging Capability
Pediatric Analysis for Spine, Femur, Forearm, Infant Spine, and Whole Body

DXA Practice Manager
Patient Database Manager
On-line Normative Reference Values and User-Definable Values
NHANES and Ethnic and Pediatric Reference Data
Context Sensitive Help
General Region of Interest
DAP Reporting