Osteoporosis: Essentials of Densitomertry, Diagnosis and Management

 

The Osteoporosis Essentials course is designed for experienced physcians and technologists who have worked or are working in the field. It offers an advanced curriculum, given over two days. Those attending will become completely familiar with the application of DXA technology, its limitations and pitfalls, and evaluate and monitor fracture risk. Attendees will also be knowledgeable of the clinical utility of bone densitometry and describe x-ray science, radiation safety and quality assurance of this modality.

 

Description for Clinicians Course

The Core elements of this program provide a set of standard practices and information to raise the level of awareness and education in bone densitometry and osteoporosis. The course is offered in two parts. The first day is for those engaged specifically in the performance and interepretation of DXA scans. It is also offered in combination witha subsequent Day 2 which focuses on the prevention, treatmen and management of osteoporosis. Individuals may register for Day 1 or for Day 1 and Day 2.

This course will enable the physicia to explain the value of bone densitometry for diagnosis of osteoporosis, fracture rist estimation and monitoring. Describe principles for interpreting central DXA scans; Explain fracture risk assessment combining BMD with clinical risk factors (WHO fracture risk model); Evaluate non-central DXA technologies fr predicting fracture risk; Recognize errors in DXA reporting.

 

Description for Technologist Course

The core elements of this program provide a set of standard practices and information to raise the quality of DXA exams and patient care. This is accomplished by increasing awareness of the technical expertise involved in bone densitometry and edicating how to address the related chanllenges. The course focuses on the role a technologist plays in DXA exam aquisition and patient care. This course will enable the technologist to:

  • Design and implement quality control and ssurance practices
  • Understand the importance of precision assessments and how to conduct on a facility
  • Identify lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm anatomy and recognize abnormal or unusual anatomy and correct patient positioning for scan acquisition and analysis
  • Recognize vertebral fracture significance in osteoporosis and techniques for acquiring VFA scans
  • Critically evaluate DXA scans and identify acquisition and analysis errors as methds to resolve errors
  • Recognize how technical errors impact clinical interpretation and patient care

 

Learning Objectives for Clinical Course

After attendng the course, participants should be better prepared to:

  • Explain the value of bone densitometry for diagnosis of osteoporosis, fracture risk estimation and monitoring
  • Describe principles for interpreting central DXA scans
  • Explain fracture risk assessment combining BMD with clinical risk factors (WHO fracture risk model)
  • Evaluate non-central DXA technologies for predicting fracture risk
  • Recognize errors in DXA reporting
  • Describe relevant history and physcal findings to identify patients at risk for fracture
  • Describe the radiologic findings in patients with osteoporosis including the utility of vertebral fracture assessment
  • Describe the use of non-pharmacologic theraphy (exercise, calcium, Vitamin D) for the management of osteoporosis
  • List the pharmacologic options available for the treatement of osteporosis and their mechanism of action
  • Explain the evidence regarding the use of combining pharmacologic agents in osteoporosis treatment

 

Learning Objectives for Technologists Course:

After attending the course, participants should be better prepare to:

  • Design and implement quality control and assurance practices
  • Understand the importance of precision assessments and how to conduct in a facility
  • Identify lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm anatomy and recognize abnormal or unusual anatomy and correct patient positioning for scan acquisition and analysis
  • Recognize vertebral fracture significance in osteoporosis and techniques for acquiring VFA scans
  • Critically evaluates DXA scans and identifies acquisition and analysis errors as methods to resolve errors
  • Recognize how technical errors impact clinical interpretation and patient care

 

Who should attend?

The course is most appropriate for those involved in the performance and interpretation of DXA scans. diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis. It is open to MDs, PhDs, DOs, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Fellow and Residents. Technologists or Allied Health professionals performing DXA for technologist course and may attend Clinicians course if they have previously taken the ISCD Bone Densitometry Course for Tehnologists course and gaining information about interpreting DXA scans and about the treatment and management of osteoporosis would assist them with their job responsibilities.

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