About ISCD

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit organization which was founded in June of 1993.  ISCD provides a central resource for a number of scientific disciplines with an interest in the assessment of skeletal health. The Society was the first of its kind worldwide.

Membership in ISCD has grown steadily since the organization’s inception and now stands at around 4,000 doctors, technologists, other allied health providers and scientists with an interest in skeletal health. Currently, 59% of our members are clinicians, 40% are technologists, and 1% are industry representatives with representation from 30 disciplines including family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, endocrinology, gerontology, nephrology, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology, and rheumatology. Approximately 10% of our members reside outside the United States in more than 60 countries. In addition, we currently have dual membership agreements with national societies in Brazil, China, France, Taiwan, Korea, and Romania. Interest has also been expressed by South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Romania, Sweden, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Colombia, Japan, Poland, and Peru.

The ISCD’s mission is to advance excellence in the assessment of skeletal health. As such, the ISCD offers comprehensive educational courses in bone densitometry and vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) and certification in dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan acquisition and interpretation for technologists and physicians. Physicians who successfully pass the certification exam are designated Certified Clinical Densitometrists (CCD), while technologists are now designated as Certified Bone Densitometry Technologists (CBDT). Currently, 6,748 clinicians and 6,833 technologists are ISCD certified worldwide. The Certification Registry is an online searchable directory of ISCD Certified individuals worldwide.

The ISCD Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of thought leaders in the field of bone densitometry across the USA and throughout the world. This world-class skeletal health meeting with global representation and impact provides for an interchange of ideas that stimulates thought and debate, with the goal of advancing global skeletal health.

With evolution in the field of skeletal health assessment, differences in technologies, acquisition techniques, reference databases, reporting methods, and terminology have developed. These differences may have adverse effects on patient care and the exchange of scientific information. To address these issues, the ISCD periodically holds Position Development Conferences (PDCs), a process whereby an international panel of experts makes recommendations after reviewing scientific literature presented by ISCD PDC Task Forces. Recommendations that are approved by the ISCD Board of Directors become Official Positions of the ISCD. These Official Positions promote standardization of DXA, VFA, and FRAX performance, thereby enhancing clinical care.

In March 2009, the first Pediatric Bone Densitometry Course and Pediatric Skeletal Health Symposium were held in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the ISCD Annual Meeting. Coupled with the initial Pediatric Position Development Conference in 2007, the ISCD has demonstrated its commitment to the evolving field of pediatric skeletal health assessment.

The Journal of Clinical Densitometry publishes the latest clinical research and state-of-the-art review articles on skeletal health assessment.

The ISCD has also been active in the U.S. Public Policy arena. Legislative and regulatory changes at both the Federal and state level are ongoing and have a significant impact on whether healthcare providers can continue to offer bone mass measurement services. We also monitor private payor coverage issues relevant to DXA and VFA.  Such regulatory and insurance decisions have a direct impact on patient access to quality skeletal health care. For a more detailed discussion, visit our Public Policy page.

We invite you to join us in our mission.  Participation opportunities are available at many levels:  annual membership, ISCD Certification, attendance at our Annual Meeting, leadership and committee involvement, submissions to our publications, ISCD Course attendance and much more.  Browse our Web site and contact us to find out more about ISCD.

Last modified: October 23, 2019