• Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), a technology for measuring bone mineral density (BMD) was first introduced.


  • The decision to form a steering committee was developed at a meeting in Hong Kong. Perry Owen, Dr. Paul Miller and others began the discussion to develop a society dedicated to excellence in performance and interpretation of bone density testing.


  • A steering committee composed of Drs. Paul Miller (chair), Sydney Bonnick, Maria Greenwald, Al Moffett, Cliff Rosen, and David Sartoris met for the first time in Itasca, Illinois.


  • The Society for Clinical Densitometry (SCD), a non-for-profit society for advancing excellence in bone densitometry, was incorporated.
  • Paul Miller was selected as the first president.


  • The World Health Organization (WHO) released the first guidance for using bone density measurements to diagnose osteoporosis before a fracture occurred.


  • The first annual meeting of the SCD was attended by over 300 people in Chantilly, Virginia.


  • The first bone densitometry course was delivered to 250 attendees in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


  • The SCD changed its name to the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).
  • The first Clinician and Technologist of the Year awards were presented.
  • A certification office was opened in Portland, Oregon, under the direction of Len Avicilla.
  • The first international collaborative bone densitometry course was held in Toronto, Canada.


  • The first issue of the Journal of Clinical Densitometry (JCD) was published, with Dr. Cliff Rosen as Editor-in-Chief.


  • The first on-site closed book bone densitometry certification exam was given at the annual meeting in New Orleans.
  • Dr. John Bilezikian was elected to succeed Paul Miller as president.
  • The ISCD website was launched.
  • First Paul Miller Service Award was presented.


  • The first international ISCD meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


  • First award of what is now known as the Sydney Bonnick Technologist Award for Excellence in Densitometry was presented.
  • The first ISCD Position Development Conference (PDC) was held in Denver, Colorado.


  • The ISCD Official Positions developed from the 2001 PDC were published in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry.


  • The second PDC was held in Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • The third PDC was held in Vancouver, Canada.
  • White Paper on DXA precision and radiation safety published.
  • American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) coding manual includes a new CPT code, 76077, for vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) utilizing DXA technology.
  • The Oscar Gluck Humanitarian Award presented.
  • Paul Miller named new editor in chief of JCD.


  • First Award of John P. Bilezikian Global Leadership Award was presented.


  • The fourth PDC was held in Landsdowne, Virginia.
  • The first pediatric PDC was held in Montreal, Canada.
  • Technologist certification became NOCA accredited, changed credential to Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT).


  • Certification exam is made available at testing centers throughout the U.S.


  • The first joint annual meeting with the ISCD and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) was held in Orlando, Florida and presented the first Pediatric Bone Density and Vertebral Fracture Recognition courses.
  • ISCD establishes office and management team in Hartford, Connecticut with Peter Brown as the executive director.
  • Implemented professional access network, now known as “Ask the Expert” launched.


  • The first collaborative PDC with the ISCD and the IOF was held in Bucharest, Romania.
  • The first joint annual meeting was held with the U.S. National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) in San Antonio, Texas.
  • ISCD first became ACCME accredited in July.


  • The CBDT was accredited by NCCA.


  • Clinician certification becomes NOCA accredited.
  • Ron Hamdy named new editor of JCD
  • Introduction of Maintenance of Certification.


  • PDC in Tampa, Florida.
  • Launch of On-Line Learning
  • Osteoporosis Essentials launched, joint effort between ISCD and IOF.


  • Establishment of the European, Middle Eastern and African Panels.
  • US Organizing Committee shifted focus of Osteoporosis Essentials to Quality Bone Densitometry. Course reorganized with some lectures delivered on-line.


  • PDC in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The CCD was accredited by NCCA.


  • The first European annual meeting in Galway, Ireland.


  • Clinical Osteoporosis 2017 co-hosted with NOF, April 2017
  • ISCD Leadership Strategic Planning Session, Chicago, IL, December 2017


  • 25th Anniversary Year
  • 24th Annual Annual Meeting, Boston. MA

Last modified: March 29, 2017