Vertebral Fracture Recognition Course

This advanced densitometry course focuses on vertebral fracture imaging in order to advance the diagnosis and treatment of patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures.  The importance of vertebral fractures in the clinical management of osteoporosis will be covered, including recognition on lateral spine images of a normal spine, vertebral fractures and other findings that may be confused with vertebral fractures.  Fracture recognition, analysis and best-practice patient positioning will be detailed in order to ensure ideal image acquisition, interpretation and reporting.

Target Audience

The content is designed for healthcare providers responsible for reading and interpreting DXA scans, including specialists and generalists working in family medicine, general and internal medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, nuclear medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and research, as well as technologists.

Overall Course Objectives

As a result of this course, learners will be better prepared to:

  • Summarize best-practice methods utilized to recognize vertebral fractures on lateral spine images.
  • Describe non-fracture abnormalities that may appear on a spine image.
  • Identify characteristics of high quality densitometric lateral spine images.
  • Identify the appropriate complementary technologies to complete vertebral fracture assessment.
  • Cite indications for VFA as stated in the 2015 ISCD Official Positions.

Course Lectures

  1. Introduction to Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA)
  2. Diagnosis of Vertebral Fracture on Lateral Spine Images; technical aspects and interpretation
  3. Spine Imaging Modalities other than VFA and VFA Reporting
  4. Case Study Review and Workshop

CME Credit Designation

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.75 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

This activity is approved by the ASRT for 4.5 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.

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

Course Prerequisites

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

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Last modified: April 10, 2018