Among the models in the Hologic Discovery bone densitometer series, the Discovery A clearly stands out as the most feature-inclusive. I could use a tired metaphor and say that the Discovery A is the “Cadillac” of the Hologic bone dense line, but I’d prefer something fresher, a comparison that discerning readers like yourselves haven’t already heard in reference to hundreds of other products. I’m going to need a few moments to think on that, so in the meantime, why don’t you go ahead and check out the range of capabilities the Discovery A supports.
The Discovery A is sold with a standard package of scanning abilities that exceeds all of Hologic’s other bone density models. Many of these features are available earlier in the Discovery line, but not in any package as inclusive as the Discovery A. They include:
- Whole body
- Supine lateral BMD (No patient repositioning)
- 10-second femur
- 10-second spine
- Radiologic vertebral assessment
- Dual hip
In addition to its pre-loaded package, the Discovery A also supports more optional features than other Discovery models including:
- Prosthetic hip
- Small animal
- Infant whole body
- Body composition analysis
- Sub-region body composition analysis
Now that you have the rundown on the types of studies that can be done with the Discovery A, I think I’ve got a better comparison chosen: the Discovery A is the Swiss Army knife of the Hologic bone dense line. Tweezers, scissors, Philips and flat screwdrivers; the A has it all! The other models have some great tools, but the MacGyvers out there who need to be ready for any and all contingencies will want the Swiss Army knife for sure.
At the same time, if your needs don’t require every tool imaginable, you probably see no reason to pay extra for them. If you won’t need whole body scanning, a Discovery Ci (sometimes called a P), C or SL could be a better fit. If your patient flow allows extra time for patient repositioning, there’s less incentive to buy a bone unit with supine lateral BMD. Whatever your bone study needs, weigh them carefully. Whether you ultimately opt for a basic unit or the top of the line, Block Imaging will be available to provide and support your Hologic Discovery bone densitometer needs.
Watch the video below to see the Discovery A in action: