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Quality Bone Densitometry: Performance, Interpretation, and Clinical Application for Technologists

An Osteoporosis Essentials Course of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry & International Osteoporosis Foundation

The core elements of this program focus on performing quality DXA scans, dissecting the data and applying this knowledge to a technologist’s role in patient care. This course, which focuses on quality DXA, is innovative, interactive and informative.  The course emphasizes technical excellence in the performance, analysis, and troubleshooting of bone densitometry scans. The course will provide standard practices and applications to raise the quality of DXA scan procedures and its impact on patient care. This is achieved by enhancing awareness of the technical expertise involved in performing bone densitometry and applying protocols to address the everyday challenges. The course focuses on the considerable impact that a technologist plays in the delivery of quality DXA, and how that influences patient management.

Prerequisite and Optional videos are included in the registration fees. Access to that content will be made available to registered participants 30 days prior to the course start date through the ISCD online education portal.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for those involved in the performance of DXA scans and open to any health professional performing these scans.

Course Schedule

DAY 1 – The Importance of the Technologist in Patient Care and Quality Performance of DXA Scans

Day 1 Objectives: After attending the course, participants should be better prepared to:

  • Design and implement quality control and assurance practices
  • Perform a precision assessment and appreciate the requirement for clinical care
  • Identify the anatomy relevant to clinical DXA scanning
  • Implement consistent and appropriate technical acquisition and analysis techniques
  • Perform a fracture risk assessment using FRAX

Day 1 Schedule:


    • Video A – Overview of Osteoporosis
    • Video B – Fundamentals of Bone Densitometry, Physics, Radiation Safety, and Quality Assurance
    • Optional Video C – What US Healthcare Providers Need to Know about DXA for Patient Care
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 1: DXA Practice Management
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 Lecture 2: Lumbar Spine Scans-Elements Critical to Quality
2:15 – 3:45 Lecture 3: Femur & Forearm Scans
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 4:45 Lecture 4: Supplemental DXA Applications
4:45 – 5:15 Lecture 5: Application of DXA Tools & Software features
5:15 – 6:00 Lecture 6:  Scan Interpretation & Fracture Risk Assessment


DAY 2 – The Importance of Understanding and Applying the Science and Language of Densitometry

Day 2 Objectives: After attending the course, participants should be better prepared to:

  • Provide DXA interpreters sufficient information for a high-quality DXA report
  • Understand how specific medical conditions and medications affect bone density
  • Demonstrate how to access features within the DXA software
  • Critically evaluate DXA scans to identify acquisition and analysis errors and implement resolution methods
  • Recognize how technical errors impact clinical interpretation and patient care

Day 2 Schedule:

8:15 – 9:30 Lecture 7: Principles of Quality DXA and Clinical Cases
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 8: Clinical Management of the Osteoporotic Patient
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:15 Lecture 9: Clinical Application
11:15 – 12:15 Lecture 10: Technical Cases

Course Continuing Education Credits

This activity is approved by ASRT for 11.50 Category A continuing education credits. Participants must sign in and out each day to verify attendance and receive credit. Partial credit will not be given for either day.

This activity can be used toward the RT Structured Education and CQR requirements for the ARRT.

Course Registration Rate Schedule

Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Standard Rate $325 $425
Late Rate $425 $475


Policy on Commercial Support and Conflict of Interest
The ISCD maintains a policy on the use of commercial support, which ensures that all educational activities sponsored by the ISCD provide in-depth presentations that are fair, balanced, independent, and scientifically rigorous. ISCD requires faculty, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/ life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by ISCD for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Individual disclosures are included in course material.

The information and suggestions presented at the courses, seminars and other programs sponsored by ISCD and other collaborating societies are subject to change and therefore should serve only as a foundation for further investigation and study. Any forms presented at our seminars or programs are samples only and are not necessarily authoritative. All information, procedures, and forms contained or used in such seminars or programs should serve only as a guide for use in specific situations.

Attendance Cancellation Policy
All changes in registration must be made in writing to Cancellations received 30 days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund minus $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the start of the course will not be refunded.

Course Changes or Cancellations
ISCD reserves the right to cancel the program, change dates and/or meeting location. If a program is canceled, all program fees will be refunded automatically unless the registered participant elects to transfer to another program Participants will be notified of any changes within 21 days of the course start date.

Travel Cancellations Disclaimer
ISCD does not assume responsibility for registrants’ travel or hotel expenses. ISCD recommends that transportation arrangements be made no sooner than 21 days before the course date.

Disability Compliance
The ISCD fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations to participate fully in the ISCD program, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make appropriate accommodations.  You can make accommodation requests by calling 860.259.1000 ext 100 or send via email to

Last modified: July 17, 2020