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Quality Bone Densitometry: Performance, Interpretation, and Clinical Application for Clinicians (On Zoom!)

February 27 - February 28


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

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

The core elements of this course serve to increase the knowledge and competence of clinicians regarding bone densitometry and osteoporosis diagnosis, clinical evaluation, treatment, and monitoring and to apply standard practices to assure quality performance and interpretation of bone densitometry studies. The first day sets the standard to perform quality DXA interpretation, while the second day focuses on the clinical assessment, prevention, treatment and management/monitoring of osteoporosis and the essential role that high-quality DXA plays in treatment initiation decisions and monitoring of osteoporotic patients.

Prerequisite videos are included in the registration fees. Access to that content will be made available to registrants through the ISCD Learning Center 14 days prior to the course.

Target Audience:
The course is most appropriate for those involved in the performance and interpretation of DXA scans and those managing patients with osteoporosis.  It is open to MDs, PhDs, DOs, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.  Technologists may attend if they have previously taken the ISCD QBD for Technologists Course.

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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.

Overall Course Objectives:
After attending the course, participants should be better prepared to:

  • Describe appropriate clinical evaluation of patients at risk for fragility fracture.
  • Summarize the value and importance of quality bone densitometry for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, assessment of fracture risk, and monitoring of BMD.
  • Recognize errors in DXA analysis and reporting.
  • Explain new and emerging guidelines that provide evidence-based information regarding skeletal health.
  • Describe the use of current and new pharmacologic therapies for the management and treatment of osteoporosis, including adverse effects.

DXA Interpretation for Clinicians the Importance of Doing a Quality DXA Scan and Quality DXA Reporting (DAY 1)


  • Video A Overview of Osteoporosis
  • Video B Fundamentals of Bone Densitometry, Physics, Radiation Safety, and Quality Assurance
  • Video C What US Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About DXA

Course Schedule (All Times Listed in US Eastern Time)

Day 1 DXA Interpretation for Clinicians The Importance of Doing a Quality DXA Scan and Quality DXA Reporting

10:00am to 11:30am Lecture 1: Principles of DXA Interpretation
11:30am to 11:35am Break (5 minutes)
11:35am to 12:35pm Lecture 2: How to Diagnose Osteoporosis
12:35pm to 12:40pm Break (5 minutes)
12:40pm to 1:10pm Q&A Lunch Session
1:10pm to 2:10pm Lecture 3: How to Assess Fracture Risk
2:10pm to 2:15pm Break (5 minutes)
2:15pm to 3:15pm Lecture 4: How to Monitor BMD Change Over Time
3:15pm to 3:20pm Break (5 minutes)
3:20pm to 4:20pm Lecture 5: How to Interpret and Report DXA Scans
4:20pm to 4:25pm Break (5 minutes)
4:25pm to 5:25pm Closing Q&A Session

 Day 2 DXA and Patient Care for Clinicians Using Quality DXAs in Patient Care

10:00am to 10:45am Lecture 6: Can You Trust This DXA Report?
10:45am to 10:50am Break (5 minutes)
10:50am to 11:50am Lecture 7: Clinical Evaluation of Bone Health
and Fracture Risk
11:50am to 11:55am Break (5 minutes)
11:55am to 12:55pm Lecture 8: Clinical Management Part I:
Non-pharmacologic therapy
12:55pm to 1:00pm Break (5 minutes)
1:00pm to 1:30pm Q&A Lunch session
1:30pm to 2:30pm Lecture 9: Pharmacologic Therapy for Osteoporosis
2:30pm to 2:35pm Break (5 minutes)
2:35pm to 3:20pm Lecture 10: Clinical Management Part II: Adverse Effects
of Osteoporosis Medications,
Combination Therapy and Drug Holidays
3:20pm to 3:25pm Break (5 minutes)
3:25pm to 4:25pm Lecture 11: Case Discussions
4:25pm to 4:30pm Break (5 minutes)
4:30pm to 5:30pm Closing Q&A Session

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
The International Society for Clinical Densitometry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Registration Fees

Full Member Rate Professional, Community & Non-member Rate
1 Day only $250 $450
2 Days $375 $575
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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. All faculty and planners are required to complete a Conflict of Interest form. This information will be made available through course syllabus materials.

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 education@iscd.org. Cancellations received 14 days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 7 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 7 days of the course start 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 ext100 or send via email to education@iscd.org.


February 27
February 28


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