Body Composition

DXA Body Composition Analysis Course

This course focuses on increasing the knowledge and competence of clinicians and other healthcare professionals to help them successfully use DXA body composition analysis in the management of obesity, geriatric sarcopenia and other low muscle mass states, general health and pediatric skeletal disease. The inclusion of case studies will reinforce the knowledge gained and allow for application in the diagnosis, treatment and therapies of patients presenting with low bone mineral density.

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, physical and occupational therapy, and research, as well as technologists.

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

  • Identify proper DXA technology for body composition analysis of fat, lean muscle and bone mass.
  • List other methods of body composition analysis used in the clinical setting.
  • Differentiate reference values and indices.
  • Identify limitations of reference values and indices.
  • Summarize scan acquisition for adult and pediatric patients.

Course Lectures:

  1. Introduction and review prerequisite online lectures 1-2
  2. Lecture 3 – Whole Body DXA Scan Acquisition and Analysis
  3. Lecture 4 – DXA Body Composition Reporting and Reference Data
  4. Lecture 5 – Current Uses of DXA Body Composition in Clinical Practice and Research
  5. Lecture 6 – DXA Whole Body Composition in Obesity, Sports, Commercial Applications and Future Uses

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.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ 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.

ASRT Category A Credit
This live activity is approved by ASRT for Category A continuing education credits. Participants’ attendance must be verified each day to ensure credit can be claimed. Partial credit will not be given.

Course Prerequisites
Course will include two online learning modules that course registrants will be provided access to prior to the live course.  Course registrants are expected to view both modules prior to the course. Live course assumes course participants have reviewed and understand material presented in the online learning modules.

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