Program Information

24th Annual ISCD Meeting
February 28 – March 3, 2018
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Program Overview: The ISCD 2018 Annual Meeting provides the most current, clinically relevant and evidence-based information on skeletal health assessment as well as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fracture risk.  This educational program is designed to improve learner competence by providing targeted opportunities for presenting the latest information in the research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and advances in bone densitometry and osteoporosis.  Learners will have the opportunity to take the knowledge gained from this educational opportunity and properly and consistently apply it into his/her professional practice.

Target Audience: The content is designed for healthcare providers with an interest in skeletal health assessment, including specialists, generalists and technologists working in family medicine, general and internal medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, pediatrics, physical and occupational therapy, nuclear medicine and research.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Recognize prior fracture(s) as a powerful indicator of future fracture(s).
  2. Identify new and emerging therapeutic agents to treat and manage patients with osteoporosis or other skeletal health disorders.
  3. Summarize the process of CT opportunistic screening to identify patients at risk for low bone mass and high fracture risk.
  4. Outline effective exercise interventions for the benefit of bone health and management of osteoporosis.
  5. Discuss the role of body composition analysis, on risk of fall, fracture, frailty and diabetes.
  6. Describe trabecular bone score and its utilization with BMD and FRAX® to classify fracture risk.

Accreditation Statement: The International Society for Clinical Densitometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity is provided by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.
For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact ISCD at +1.860.259.1000 or inquire at education@iscd.org.

Credit Designation Statement: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

CE Credit Qualification: This activity is approved by the ASRT for Category A continuing education credits. Technologists must scan in and out each session to verify attendance and receive credit. Partial credit will not be given.

Disabilities: Event Staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc.) Please contact Tova Weisel prior to the live event at tweisel@iscd.org.

The table below features our preliminary program schedule. More information on each session coming soon!

If you would like to register for one of our pre- or post- meeting courses, click here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

11:00am - 6:00pmQuality Bone Densitometry for Clinicians
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
11:00am - 6:00pm Quality Bone Densitometry for Technologists
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6:45am - 9:15pmRegistration
7:15am - 1:30pmQuality Bone Densitometry for Clinicians
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
8:15am - 12:15pm Quality Bone Densitometry for Technologists
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
2:00pm - 6:00pm ISCD Paper and Pencil Certification Exams
This requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
2:00pm - 6:00pmVertebral Fracture Recognition Course
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
6:30 - 7:45pmA New Paradigm for Medical Treatment of Transgender Individuals
Keynote Speaker: Josh Safer, MD
7:45 - 9:15pm Opening Reception with Exhibitors

Thursday, March 1, 2018

7:00am - 6:30pmRegistration
7:00 - 8:00amClinician and Technologist Office Hours
Experts: Sarah Morgan, MD, RD, CCD, George Helmrich, MD, CCD, Larry Jankowski, CBDT, Kyla Kent, CBDT

Bring your tough scans and cases and consult an expert Clinician or Technologist!
8:00 - 8:55amNew Approaches to Anabolic Therapy in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and presentation of John P. Bilezikian Global Leadership Award
Speaker: Ben Leder, MD

This session will review the efficacy of the currently approved anabolic osteoporosis medications as well the data regarding the various combination anabolic/antiresorptive therapy regimens that have been investigated to date. The session will also review the use of sequential therapies in patients with established disease.
9:00 - 9:55amFracture Liaison Service and presentation of ISCD Clinician and Technologist of the Year Awards
Speaker: Paul Anderson, MD

A goal of management of a fragility fracture is to make it the last such fracture. Systematic approaches called secondary fracture prevention have been developed with proven efficacy. Secondary fracture prevention focuses on modifiable factors such as nutrients, education, fall prevention, exercise, diagnostic testing, and medications.
9:55 - 10:30am Break with Exhibitors and Poster Session
10:30 - 11:25amWhat's Gone Wrong with Osteoporosis
Speaker: Neil Binkley, MD, CCD
10:30 - 11:25amQCT & Emerging Technologies
Speaker: Mary Bouxsein, PhD

This session will provide an overview of the determinants of bone strength and how they may be assessed using computed tomography and other emerging technologies. Focus will be on the ability of different techniques to predict fracture risk in clinical studies.
10:30 - 11:25amHologic DXA Workshop - Basic
Faculty: Chris Shuhart, MD, MHA, CCD and Greg Yardley, CBDT

This is a hands-on session for Hologic technologists, to gain additional facility with Hologic analysis software. This session is intended for newer technologists looking to gain proficiency with typical challenges in acquisition and analysis. You will work with actual Hologic scan files and software, and a Hologic software trainer will be present.
11:30am - 12:25pmTransplantation & Osteoporosis
Speaker: Emily Stein, MD

This session will review the factors that contribute to bone disease in patients who are candidates for organ transplant. The causes of post-transplant osteoporosis will be discussed. Evidence-based strategies for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis following organ transplant will be reviewed.
11:30am - 12:25pmStress Fractures
Speaker: Miriam Bredella, MD

This session will outline the pathophysiology and mechanisms of stress fractures, review clinical conditions associated with stress fractures, and assess different imaging methods for the identification and surveillance of stress fractures.
12:30 - 1:55pmLunch Break
12:30 - 1:55pmClinician and Technologist Office Hours
Experts: Harold Rosen, MD, CCD, Tamara Vokes, MD, CCD, Larry Jankowski, CBDT, Heidi Kecskemethy, MS Ed, RDN, CSP, CBDT

Bring your tough scans and cases and consult an expert Clinician or Technologist!
2:00 - 2:55pmDensitometry Teamwork for Best Results Speaker: Kyla Kent, CBDT
2:00 - 2:55pmCross-Calibrating Instruments
Speakers: John Shepherd, PhD, CCD and Diane Krueger, BS, CBDT

Physicians frequently ask to compare DXA scans from two systems because of upgrades, patient mobility, change in caregivers. The Ideal LSC cannot be used in this situation due to differences in ROIs, X-ray techniques, detection technologies, and bone edge detection algorithms. We detail the THEORY of how, when, and who for inter-system comparisons.
2:00 - 2:55pmBody Composition
Speaker: Karen Hind, PhD, CCD

We are celebrating over 30 years of DXA body composition! This session will summarise the key developments and cover quality aspects surrounding the acquisition and reporting of DXA body composition scans in adults. There will be a focus on clinical indications for body composition scans including obesity and sarcopenia, as well as the value of DXA body composition assessments in athletes.
3:00 - 3:55pmOral Abstracts and presentation of Best Clinician Abstract Award
Speakers: Javaneh Lyons, MD, MSc, George Wirunsawanya, E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, FACP, FACE, CCD, Sikarin Upala, MD
4:00 - 4:30pm Break with Exhibitors and Poster Session
4:30 - 5:25pmRecent Important Publications in Skeletal Health
Speaker: Nelson Watts, MD, CCD

This session will review selected papers from the previous year.
4:30 - 5:25pmBeyond the T Score
Speaker: Bill Leslie, MD

In this session, we will explore classical risk factors for fracture: BMD, age, previous fragility fractures, discuss the impact of other conventional clinical risk factors and fall risk, and describe newer measures (TBS, HAL), influencing fracture risk and modifications of existing risk for clinical factors.
4:30 - 5:25pmHologic DXA Workshop - Basic
Faculty: Chris Shuhart, MD, MHA, CCD and Greg Yardley, CBDT

This is a hands-on session for Hologic technologists, to gain additional facility with Hologic analysis software. This session is intended for newer technologists looking to gain proficiency with typical challenges in acquisition and analysis. You will work with actual Hologic scan files and software, and a Hologic software trainer will be present.
5:30 - 6:25pmCalcium and Vitamin D
Speaker: Bess Dawson Hughes, MD

This session on Calcium and Vitamin D will focus on dietary and other factors influencing the absorption of calcium and vitamin D, current evidence for the roles of calcium and vitamin D in skeletal health, and the potential risks of exceeding the tolerable upper limits of calcium and vitamin D.
5:30 - 6:25pmMetabolic Cross-Talk
Speaker: Mark Horowitz, PhD

Adipocytes were identified in human bone marrow more than a century ago, yet until recently little has been known about their origin, development or function. We now know that marrow adipose tissue increases with age and in response to a variety of physiologic signals. Recent research shows that marrow adipocytes are distinct from other adipocytes.

Friday, March 2, 2018

7:30am - 5:30pmRegistration
8:00 - 8:55amDensitometry in Special Populations
Speakers: Nina Ma, MD, CCD and Alicia McAllister, CBDT

This session provides an overview/practical discussion of pediatric bone health and bone density testing in children and adolescents at increased risk of fracture, and strategies to address growth impairment and chronic-disease specific characteristics (illustrated through a few clinical cases and clinician-technologist collaboration).
8:00 - 8:55amCross-Calibrating Instruments
Speakers: John Shepherd, PhD, CCD and Diane Krueger, BS, CBDT

Physicians frequently ask to compare DXA scans from two systems because of upgrades, patient mobility, change in caregivers. The Ideal LSC cannot be used in this situation due to differences in ROIs, X-ray techniques, detection technologies, and bone edge detection algorithms. We detail CASE EXAMPLES for quantitative inter-system comparisons.
8:00 - 8:55amBody Composition
Speaker: Karen Hind, PhD, CCD

We are celebrating over 30 years of DXA body composition! This session will summarise the key developments and cover quality aspects surrounding the acquisition and reporting of DXA body composition scans in adults. There will be a focus on clinical indications for body composition scans including obesity and sarcopenia, as well as the value of DXA body composition assessments in athletes.
9:00 - 9:55amImpact of Bariatric Surgery on Bone and presentation of Paul D. Miller Service Award
Speaker: Elaine Yu, MD, CCD

This session reviews the effects of bariatric surgery on the skeleton. We will discuss the variable effects of bariatric procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Sleeve gastrectomy, and Adjustable gastric banding on bone density and fracture risk. We will also explore the multifactorial mechanisms of skeletal fragility after bariatric surgery.
10:00 - 10:30am Break with Exhibitors and Poster Session
10:30 - 11:25amOpportunistic CT
Speakers: Neil Binkley, MD, CCD and Rob Ward, MD
10:30am - 11:25pmExercise for Bone Health
Speaker: Lora Giangregorio, PhD

An overview of the evidence on the efficacy of exercise for fracture prevention in individuals with osteoporosis, including effects on bone mineral density and falls, and results of an updated Cochrane review on exercise in individuals with vertebral fractures. Practical tips and examples for using the research in practice will be provided.
11:30am - 12:25pmBoneHead Jeopardy
Speaker: Harold Rosen, MD, CCD

Interesting, instructive and challenging cases will be reviewed in a unique format. The attendee will be able to sit back and listen if he/she wants, but if he/she prefers, can participate in a positive and healthy competition in the Jeopardy format. Prior to attending is preferable to download the app called "Kahoot!", the platform for the Jeopardy game.
11:30am - 12:25pmHologic DXA Workshop - Advanced
Faculty: Sarah Morgan, MD, RD, CCD and Kyla Kent, CBDT
12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch Break
12:30 - 2:00pmClinician and Technologist Office Hours
Experts: Neil Binkley, MD, CCD, Harold Rosen, MD, CCD, Diane Krueger, BS, CBDT, Anita Colquhoun, M.R.T (N), CDT

Bring your tough scans and cases and consult an expert Clinician or Technologist!
2:00 - 2:55pmDensitometry Teamwork for Best Results
Speaker: Kyla Kent, CBDT
2:00 - 2:55pmBest Practices for Reporting
Speaker: Orhan Oz, MD, PhD, CCD

This session will identify required and optional elements to be included when utilizing structured DXA reports, explain the concept and reasoning for use of a structured DXA report, and recognize both appropriate and inappropriate content within DXA reports through use of case-based scenarios and reports.
2:00 - 2:55pmPatient Positioning - Adjusting Patients for Better Results
Speakers: Anita Colquhoun, M.R.T (N), CDT and Larry Jankowski, CBDT

Small errors in positioning patients can lead to huge errors as it propagates through to the final report. Advanced methods,, developed over decades of combined experience of the presenters, are shared through multi-media presentations and lively audience interaction. Multiple user/multiple scanner facility issues are specifically addressed.
3:00 - 3:55pmOral Abstracts and presentation of Young Investigator Awards
Speakers: Laura Tosi, John Shepherd, PhD, CCD, Madeline Dwyer, Enisa Shevroja, MD
4:00 - 4:30pm Break with Exhibitors and Poster Session
4:30 - 5:25pmArm and Wrist Fractures
Speakers: Tamara Rozental, MD and Meryl Leboff, MD, CCD
4:30 - 5:25pmDefining & Assessing 'Osteosarcopenia' and 'Osteosarcopenic Obesity': The Key Role of DXA
Speaker: Jasminka Ilich, PhD, RD, FACN

In this session we will identify osteopenia, sarcopenia, obesity and osteosarcopenic obesity as well as age-related changes in bone, muscle and adipose tissues We will discuss proof of concept for osteosarcopenic obesity on cellular, endocrine and whole body level, diagnosing osteosarcopenic obesity with DXA and serum biomarkers, and health consequences of osteosarcopenic obesity.
4:30 - 5:25pmHologic DXA Workshop - Advanced
Faculty: Sarah Morgan, MD, RD, CCD and Kyla Kent, CBDT
5:30 - 7:00pm Annual Business Meeting & Presidential Address

Saturday, March 3, 2018

7:30am - 5:30pmRegistration
8:00 - 8:55amDensitometry in Special Populations
Speakers: Nina Ma, MD, CCD and Alicia McAllister, CBDT

This session provides an overview/practical discussion of pediatric bone health and bone density testing in children and adolescents at increased risk of fracture, and strategies to address growth impairment and chronic-disease specific characteristics (illustrated through a few clinical cases and clinician-technologist collaboration).
8:00 - 8:55amBest Practices for ReportingSpeaker: Orhan Oz, MD, PhD, CCD

This session will identify required and optional elements to be included when utilizing structured DXA reports, explain the concept and reasoning for use of a structured DXA report, and recognize both appropriate and inappropriate content within DXA reports through use of case-based scenarios and reports.
8:00 - 8:55amPatient Positioning - Adjusting Patients for Better Results
Speakers: Anita Colquhoun, M.R.T (N), CDT and Larry Jankowski, CBDT

Small errors in positioning patients can lead to huge errors as it propagates through to the final report. Advanced methods,, developed over decades of combined experience of the presenters, are shared through multi-media presentations and lively audience interaction. Multiple user/multiple scanner facility issues are specifically addressed.
9:00 - 9:55amContributions of a heart study to understanding bone health: The Framingham Study and presentation of Sydney Bonnick Award
Speaker: Lisa Samelson, PhD

This session will provide an overview of the contributions of the Framingham Study to improving our understanding of bone health. We will highlight imaging modalities and phenotypes used to identify risk factors for age related declines in musculoskeletal health and review key findings related to the links between bone and vascular health.
10:00 - 10:55amLateral Distal Femur/Extended Femur Scan to Detect Incipient AFF
Speaker: Heidi Kecskemethy, MS Ed, RDN, CSP, CBDT and Joe Lane, MD, CCD

The session will evaluate the role of lateral distal femur and single energy extended femur scan to detect incipient AFF. These new techniques will be discussed in relation to specific disease entities such as the atypical femur fracture. The DXA can be utilized in medical management beyond osteoporosis.
10:00 - 10:55amVisceral Adipose Tissue DXA Assessment and Interpretation
Speaker: Michelle Swainson, BSc, MSc, PhD

This session will introduce you to the assessment of visceral adipose tissue using DXA and we will go on a short and sweet research journey from validation and precision through to application. We will discuss and share new data to aid interpretation of visceral adipose tissue and showcase a real-life case study.
11:00 - 11:55amVertebral Fractures
Speaker: John Schousboe, MD, PhD, CCD

This session is intended to update attendees (including recently published data) regarding the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and clinical significance of vertebral fractures, as well as their recognition on lateral spine images.

With closing remarks by Robert Blank and Chris Shuhart
1:30 - 5:30pm DXA Body Composition Analysis Course
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.
1:30 - 5:30pm Pediatric Bone Densitometry Course
This course requires separate registration. This is not part of the Annual Meeting.

This program was developed by the 2018 ISCD Annual Meeting Program Committee.
2018 Annual Meeting Committee

Should you have questions about the Annual Meeting Program, please contact Tova Weisel by email at tweisel@iscd.org or by phone at +1.860.259.1000

Last modified: February 5, 2018