About the Course

The official name of the course is Osteoporosis: Essentials of Densitometry, Diagnosis and Management An international course of IOF and ISCD

The course name and logos, provided upon completion of a course agreement, must be used for all course promotion and when referring to the 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 Osteoporosis: Essentials Course covers the latest techniques and knowledge on densitometry and the physiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.

Clinician Track

The Clinician Track consists of 13 modules, with a suggested core set of slides developed by the joint course committee (identified below with *). The intended audience includes those involved in the performance and interpretation of DXA scans and those involved in the diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis. It is estimated course will take 13 hours of lecture time. The 13 modules are as noted below:

  1. Overview of Osteoporosis*
  2. Bone Measurement Device Operating Principles*
  3. X-ray Science, Radiation Safety and Quality Assurance*
  4. Clinical Evaluation of Bone Health*
  5. Use of Bone Densitometry for the Diagnosis of Osteoporosis*
  6. Fracture Risk Assessment*
  7. Monitoring Treatment of Osteoporosis*
  8. Clinical Management Part 1: Non-Pharmacologic, Estrogen & SERM Treatment*
  9. Clinical Management Part 2: Pharmacologic Treatment Continued*
  10. Clinical Management Part 3: Further Pharmacologic Treatment Considerations*
  11. Principles of DXA Scan Interpretation*
  12. Principles of Reporting DXA Scans*
  13. Cases for Discussion

Technologist Track

The Technologist Track consists of 11 modules plus 2 case presentation modules, with a suggested core set of slides developed by the joint course committee (identified below with *). The intended audience includes those involved in performing bone densitometry scans. It is estimated that the course will take 13 hours of lecture time. The 13 modules are outlined below:

  1. Overview of Osteoporosis*
  2. Bone Measurement Device Operating Principles*
  3. X-ray Science, Radiation Safety and Quality Assurance*
  4. Principles of DXA SCAN Interpretation*
  5. Quality Control*
  6. Role of the Technologist*
  7. Anatomy, Positioning & Acquisition - Spine*
  8. Anatomy, Positioning & Acquisition – Femur and Forearm*
  9. Vertebral Fracture Assessment*
  10. Scan Analysis*
  11. Clinical Management of the Osteoporotic Patient*
  12. Case-based Clinical Application
  13. Clinical Case review

The Technologist Track may be offered alongside with the Clinician Track.