Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to pay attention to women’s bodily experience when using medical technology for prevention of osteoporosis.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to consider patients cultureal diversity in caring process.
Methods: We conducted participant observations at radiology units from two hospitals and interviewed 12women who had had a DXA examination. Observations included the interactions between technicians and women as well as all activities technicians in taking DXA.
Results: The results showed that multiple cultural representations of women’s bodies encountering DXA technology. Firstly, materiality of body: women’s bodies become material visible forms such as numbers, colors and charts as manageable and repairable. Secondly, aging body: the decalcification of bone in DXA coincided with bodily aches and pain for aging menopausal women. Thirdly, hormonal body: women believed that their bone loss directly caused by hormone reduction in menopause. Lastly, lively body: women developed individually specific regime such as Tai Chi exercise, folk diets to maintain bone health or delay bone loss.
Conclusion: Monitoring and regulation of bone health become significant for Taiwanese menopausal women’s daily activities. The findings inform health provider pay attention to women’s bodily experience when using medical technology for prevention of osteoporosis.