ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

May 4, 2019 07:00AM to May 5, 2019 12:00PM
St.Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

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 and FRAX 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 May 4, 2019

Technologists and Physicians combined lectures

7:00 am


8:00 am

Introduction  and Welcome- Aliya Khan  and David Koff

8:10 am

Overview of Osteoporosis- Aliya Khan

9:00 am

Bone Measurement Device Operating Principles, Radiation Safety- Hema Choudur

10:00 am

Social break

10:15 am

Principles of DXA Interpretation- Steve Burrell

Technologists ONLY stream - Anita Colquhoun & Diane Krueger

Physicians ONLY stream

11:20 am

 DXA Practice Management

11:20 am

Diagnosis of Osteoporosis- Aliya Khan

12:10 pm


12:20 pm


12:50 pm

DXA Practice Management cont’d

1:05 pm

Fracture Risk-Bill Leslie

1:30 pm

Femur & Forearm Scans

2:05 pm

Monitoring Treatment of Osteoporosis-Angela Cheung

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-Steve Burrell

4:15 pm

Supplemental DXA Applications

4:10 pm

Case review- Hema Choudur

5:00 pm

Day 1 Close

5:00 pm

Closing remarks   Aliya Khan and David Koff

Sunday May 5, 2019

7:00 am


Technologists ONLY  - Anita Colquhoun and Diane Krueger

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


Sunday May 5, 2019  Physician ONLY Stream

8:00am Radiographic Features of Atypical Femoral Fractures –  Linda Probyn
8:30am Fragility Fractures – Definition and Impact on Fracture Risk  -  Hema Choudur
9:00am Identification of Vertebral Fractures –Steve Burrell
9:30am Break 
10:00am  Trabecular Bone Score – Assessment of Bone Quality – Bill Leslie
10:30am Case Based Approach to Fracture Risk Assessment- Steve Burrell
11:00am Mini review – Hema Choudur and David Koff


Registration Fees
For Day1 and Day 2

Practicing Physician $650

Non-member $359
OAMRS and CAMRT Members $299

(please provide membership information)
Food and printed materials included with registration fees

An application for accredited group learning activity as defined by the maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has been submitted for approval by the McMaster University for the physician course. 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.

Location St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Charlton Campus
Campbell and Miller Auditoriums
50 Charlton Avenue East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6