Vertebral Fracture Recognition Course

This is an advanced densitometry course that focuses on vertebral fracture imaging, which offers a significant advance in the diagnosis and management of patients at risk for osteoporotic fractures by allowing clinicians to identify and treat those who would not be recognized using a bone density test alone. This course discusses the importance of vertebral fractures in the clinical management of osteoporosis. It describes the appearance of a normal spine, vertebral fractures and other findings that may be confused with fractures. Detailed instruction is given regarding fracture recognition and methods used for their definition and classification. Patient positioning, image acquisition and analysis, which are helpful in optimizing the visualization of vertebral fractures, are also described. The course includes case-based interactions which help the attendees learn to recognize, classify and report vertebral fractures.

Target Audience

The half-day course is open to clinicians, technologists, scientists, researchers, and healthcare providers who wish to learn more about vertebral fractures and their recognition in VFA and spine images in general.


After attending the course, participants will be better prepared to:

  • Assess the quality of an imaging examination and understand when to use complementary technologies
  • Utilize vertebral imaging as indicated in the 2015 Official Positions of the ISCD to optimize clinical management decisions for patients with osteoporosis
  • Recognize, define and report vertebral fractures detected on spine imaging and incorporate this information in diagnosing and treating osteoporosis
  • Compare and contrast the appearance of normal and fractured vertebrae, as well as  non-fracture abnormalities on spine imaging

Course Lectures

  1. Introduction to Vertebral Fracture Assessment
  2. Technical Considerations
  3. Vertebral Fracture Recognition and Interpretations
  4. Principles of Reporting VFA
  5. Case Study Review and Workshop

CME Credit Designation

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to offer continuing medical education for physicians.

CE Credit Qualification

Approved by the ASRT for 4.75 Category A continuing education credits. Technologists must sign in and out each day to verify attendance and receive credit. Partial credit will not be given.

Course Prerequisites

It recommended, but not required, that registrants attend the Osteoporosis Essentials Course (Clinician or Technologist) prior to attending the VFA course.

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If you are interested in offering this ISCD course internationally, please submit an Interest Form.

Last modified: October 5, 2016