Quality Bone Densitometry Technologists Course

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. It provides standard practices and applications to raise the quality of DXA scan procedures and their impact on patient care. The program is designed to enhance awareness of the technical expertise involved in performing bone densitometry and applying protocols to address the everyday challenges. Attendees with come away with a strong sense of the considerable impact that a technologist plays in the delivery of quality DXA, and how that influences patient management.

Prerequisite videos are included in the registration fees. While these are not required, it is suggested that registrants complete them in preparation for the course. Access to that content will be made available to registrants through the ISCD Learning Center prior to the program.

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 schedules and fees are specific to the event. View the listings by clicking the button below for specific details to the course you wish to take.
Sat 10

Quality Bone Densitometry For Technologists (livestream via Zoom)

June 10 @ 10:00 am - June 11 @ 2:30 pm EDT
Sep 09

Quality Bone Densitometry For Technologists (livestream via Zoom)

September 9 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 2:30 pm EDT
Dec 09

Quality Bone Densitometry For Technologists (livestream via Zoom)

December 9 @ 10:00 am - December 10 @ 2:30 pm EST

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


    • Video A – Overview of Osteoporosis
    • Video B – Fundamentals of Bone Densitometry, Physics, Radiation Safety, and Quality Assurance
    • Video C – What US Healthcare Providers Need to Know about DXA for Patient Care


  1. Welcome & Elements of DXA Quality Assurance & Maintenance
  2. Precision Assessment & Components of a DXA Practice
  3. Lumbar Spine Scans- Elements Critical to Quality
  4. Femur Scans– Elements Critical to Quality
  5. Forearm Scans– Elements Critical to Quality
  6. Scan Interpretation & Fracture Risk Assessment
  7. Supplemental DXA Applications
  8. Application of DXA Tools & Software Features

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


  1. Principles of Quality DXA
  2. Clinical Management of the Osteoporotic Patient for Technologists
  3. Clinical Application
  4. Technical Cases
  5. Closing Q&A Session
Continuing Education Credits

This activity is approved by ASRT for 13.00 Category A continuing education credits. Participants’ attendance must be verified each day to ensure credit can be claimed. 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 Policies

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Specific course policies can also be found in the information about the course you have registered for in our ISCD Learning Center.