Trusted leader in r.e.m.s. bONE HEALTH ANALYSIS and education
Take control of your bone health today! OSTEOSOUND provides bone health analysis using a mobile device called the "Echolight Echo S”. This device uses innovative technology called R.E.M.S. (Radiofrequency Echographic Multi-Spectrometry), which combines ultrasound and radiofrequency to measure both the quantity and quality of bones. Bone health is important at all stages of life and OSTEOSOUND believes accurate bone health analysis should be accessible to everyone.
The current standard for bone assessment is not covered by government health plans until age 65+ unless additional risk factors are present. Peak bone mass is reached in the late twenties which leaves little opportunity to monitor changes in bone health before age 65. OSTEOSOUND is here to change that. Knowledge is power. Early bone health analysis provides an opportunity to take steps now that could prevent problems later. Schedule a R.E.M.S. scan without a doctor’s referral!
Concerned about bone health?
We make getting a R.E.M.S. scan easy. Here’s how it works.
Schedule Your R.E.M.S. Scan
Book your R.E.M.S. scan conveniently through our online scheduling system. We have a growing list of R.E.M.S. scan clinic locations to visit! Our trained and accredited practitioners run R.E.M.S. scan clinics all over Canada. At OSTEOSOUND, we believe investing in your health should be affordable, which is why our comprehensive R.E.M.S. scans start at only $150 CAD. If you have extended benefits with a healthcare spending account, you may even be able to submit a claim to get your R.E.M.S. scan reimbursed.
Receive Your R.E.M.S. Scan
At OSTEOSOUND, rest assured you are in expert hands for your R.E.M.S. scan. Our trained professionals will guide you through the entire non-invasive process, which only takes about 15 minutes. Although no preparation is required for the scan, it is recommended to avoid gas producing foods/beverages 12 hours prior to your R.E.M.S. scan for best results.
Get Your Results and Next Steps
Upon completion of your R.E.M.S. scan, you will receive a comprehensive report of your bone mineral density (BMD) as well as a Fragility Score. The R.E.M.S. scan also calculates the likelihood of experiencing a major osteoporotic fracture within the next 5 years. You can share this with your trusted healthcare professional who can guide you through any necessary next steps based on your results.
Who could benefit from an R.E.M.S. scan?
Simply put, anyone over the age of 21 can have this assessment done.
All lifestyles and fitness levels can benefit from understanding their bone health.
Those in the age range who qualify for DEXA now have a choice! DEXA provides bone quantity whereas R.E.M.S. gives bone quantity, quality, and a fragility risk fracture score.
Below are some of the factors that negatively affect bone density:
Perimenopause (mid-40 to mid-50 years of age)
Chronic liver, kidney and/or thyroid disease
Consuming large amounts of caffeinated or carbonated beverages
Dairy-free diets without calcium from other food sources
Early menopause (before the age of 45, either naturally or surgically)
Family history of osteoporosis and/or hip fracture
Low testosterone (men)
Low body weight or small stature
Malabsorption or Digestive system disorders, such as I.B.S., Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease
No periods for 6+ months
Past or present eating disorder
Some medications such as proton pump inhibitors
Taking steroid medication
Thyroid issues and/or disease
Many aren’t informed about their bone health, but OSTEOSOUND is in your corner and can help.
DEXA uses radiation, but OSTEOSOUND R.E.M.S scans are performed using safe ultrasound-based Echolight R.E.M.S. technology.
OSTEOSOUND Practitioners are professionally accredited Sonographers who have specialty training with the Echolight system.
OSTEOSOUND makes it convenient. We can come to your local clinic or community. If we haven’t made a connection in your area, we would love to hear your feedback about a clinic that may be interested in hosting!
OSTEOSOUND results are accurate, so you don’t have to worry about having to go back for a repeat scan.
You’ll be able to see the results immediately as OSTEOSOUND provides you with a report to take to your healthcare provider for next steps.
The differences between DEXA and Echolight R.E.M.S. Technology
Echolight R.E.M.S. Technology
A R.E.M.S. scan is a painless, non-invasive procedure that can provide incredible insight into your health and well-being.
Although DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) has been the standard for bone mineral density measurement for many years, Health Canada has now approved the “Echolight Echo S” machine with R.E.M.S (radiofrequency echographic multi-spectrometry) for bone health analysis.
R.E.M.S. has several advantages over traditional DEXA scans, including:
While DEXA machines use low doses of ionizing radiation, the Echolight R.E.M.S. machine uses non-ionizing low-frequency ultrasound and radiofrequency. With no radiation, the Echolight R.E.M.S. scan can be performed more frequently, allowing you to closely monitor your bone health. The Echolight R.E.M.S. also assesses the micro-architecture (quality) of the bone in addition to bone mineral density (quantity).
Patients have to travel to the DEXA machine to get a bone scan, which can limit access. The Echolight Echo S is a compact system that can be brought to the patient. It is required that subsequent bone scans be completed on the same DEXA machine; however, the same Echolight R.E.M.S. machine is not required each time to get accurate results.
After a DEXA bone scan, images will be sent to a radiologist, who will generate a report for your healthcare provider or team. The Echolight Echo S prints a report immediately upon completion of the scan to share with your provider at your earliest convenience. An OSTEOSOUND R.E.M.S. scan can be completed in about 15 minutes.