ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

Oct 26, 2019 08:00AM to Oct 27, 2019 04:30PM
Charlton Campus Campbell and Miller Auditoriums 50 Charlton Avenue East Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6

The Osteoporosis Essentials Bone Densitometry course by the ISCD ( International Society of Clinical Densitometry ) and IOF ( International Osteoporosis Foundation ) and Update on Skeletal Imaging presents the state of the art for skeletal health assessment by leading national and international faculty. Advances in the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis and fracture risk assessment are presented. An advanced curriculum will be presented for both physicians and technologists providing the tools for achieving excellence in skeletal health assessment including optimal BMD scan acquisition, interpretation, reporting and application of DXA technology. The limitations of DXA technology in the diagnosis and monitoring of skeletal health in pre and postmenopausal women, men and children will be presented.
Common pitfalls in interpretation will be reviewed. The clinical utility of bone densitometry and quality assurance of this modality will be reviewed.

 Target Audience:

Dual track content has been designed for physicians including radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical specialists as well as technologists.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize and report fragility fractures and know impact on fracture risk assessment
2. Evaluate fracture risk utilizing advances in skeletal imaging
3. Integrate trabecular bone score with BMD in evaluating fracture risk
4. Recognize early radiographic features of atypical femoral fractures.

This course will enable the physician 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.

This course will enable the technologist 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 evaluate DXA scans and identify acquisition and analysis errors as methods to resolve errors; Recognize how technical errors impact clinical interpretation and patient care.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Technologists and Physicians combined lectures

7:30 am


8:00 am

Introduction  and Welcome

8:10 am

Overview of Osteoporosis

9:00 am

Bone Measurement Device Operating Principles, Radiation Safety

10:00 am

Social break

10:15 am

Principles of DXA Interpretation

Technologists ONLY stream 

Physicians ONLY stream

11:20 am

 DXA Practice Management

11:20 am

Diagnosis of Osteoporosis

12:10 pm


12:20 pm


12:50 pm

DXA Practice Management cont’d

1:05 pm

Fracture Risk

1:30 pm

Femur & Forearm Scans

2:05 pm

Monitoring Treatment of Osteoporosis

3:00 pm

Social break

2:55 pm

Social break

3:15 pm

Lumbar Spine Scans-Elements Critical to Quality

3:10 pm

Principles of DXA Reporting

4:15 pm

Supplemental DXA Applications

4:10 pm

Case review- Hema Choudur

5:00 pm

Closing remarks

5:00 pm

Closing remarks   

Sunday, October 27, 2019

7:30 am


Technologists ONLY  

8:00 am

Application of DXA Tools & Software features

8:30 am

Scan Interpretation & Fracture Risk Assessment

9:15 am

Clinical Management of the Osteoporotic Patient

10:15 am


10:30 am

Clinical Application

11:00 am

Technical Cases

12:00 pm

Closing remarks


Registration Fees 

For Day1 and Day 2

Food and printed materials included with registration fees

Practicing Physician $400

Member OAMRS $299

Non-member $359


This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for up to 10.25 Mainpro+ credits. This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program for up to 10.25 MOC Section 1 hours. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at Participants who complete the technologist course will receive a joint certificate of completion from the OAMRS indicating 12.5 education hours and CAMRT Category A credits. Education hours can be used to satisfy continuing professional development requirements for maintenance of certification and for site accreditation.
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Independent of the course, voluntary certification will continue to be offered including Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) for physicians and Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT) for technologists. The certification exams will no longer be offered immediately following the course. Individuals who desire certification should visit to obtain the appropriate application form, review testing procedures and qualifications as well as information about fees and testing locations. In Canada, certification is not a requirement for technologists and physicians to practice BMD.

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