Quality Bone Densitometry Clinicians Course

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 decisions and monitoring of osteoporotic patients. Individuals may register for either part of the course separately or as a combined program.

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.

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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 Quality Bone Densitometry for Technologists Course.

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

DXA Interpretation for Clinicians Course Schedule:

11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 1: Principles of DXA Interpretation
12:30 – 1:00 Interactive lunch – address issues & questions related to the online modules (lunch provided)
1:00 – 2:00 Lecture 2: Use of Bone Densitometry to Diagnosis Osteoporosis
2:00 – 3:00 Lecture 3: How to Assess Fracture Risk
3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Lecture 4: How to Monitor BMD Change Over Time
4:30 – 5:30 Lecture 5: How to Interpret and Report DXA Scans
5:30 – 6:00 Panel Discussion on the performance of Quality DXA in your practice.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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


  • Video C – What US Healthcare Providers Need to Know about DXA for Patient Care

DXA and Patient Care for Clinicians Course Schedule:

7:30 – 8:15 Lecture 6: Can You Trust This DXA Report?
8:15 – 9:15 Lecture 7: Clinical Evaluation of Bone Health and Fracture Risk
9:15 – 9:30 Break
9:30 – 10:30 Lecture 8: Clinical Management Part I: Non-pharmacologic Therapy
10:30 – 11:30 Lecture 9: Pharmacologic Therapy for Osteoporosis
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:30 Lecture 10: Clinical Management Part II: Adverse Effects of Osteoporosis Medications, Combination Therapy and Drug Holidays
12:30 – 1:30 Lecture 11: Case Discussions

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Registration Fees

DXA Interpretation for Clinicians or DXA and Patient Care For Physicians Course Separately (Day 1 Only or Day 2 Only)

Full Member Rate Professional, Community &
Non-Member Rate
Standard Rate $300 $500
Late Rate $400 $600


DXA Interpretation for Clinicians & DXA and Patient Care For Physicians Course Combined (Day 1 and Day 2)

Full Member Rate Professional, Community &
Non-Member Rate
Standard Rate $525 $725
Late Rate $625 $825

Course Policies

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 30 days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 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 21 days of the course start date.

Travel Cancellations Disclaimer
ISCD does not assume responsibility for registrants’ travel or hotel expenses. ISCD recommends that transportation arrangements be made no sooner than 21 days before the course 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 ext 100 or send via email to education@iscd.org.