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Bone Densitometry Training Course

16 hours Structured Education
Course Overview
This 2-day course is a comprehensive review of the role of bone densitometry in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The course will cover the technology, clinical applications, interpretation of results, clinical procedures, handling of problem cases, safety, quality assurance and the establishment and operation of a bone densitometry service.
This course is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn about bone densitometry including technologists, physicians, managers and allied health personnel. It would also be useful for individuals from companies offering products related to bone densitometry. The course will be useful to those setting-up, managing or operating a bone densitometry service as well as those preparing to take a certification exam, such as offered by the ISCD or ARRT.
Course Objectives
At the completion of this course,
participants will:
  • be able to describe the pathology & physiology of osteoporosis
  • know all the risk factors involved in the development of osteoporosis
  • describe the difference between pencil and fan beam technologies
  • understand T & Z scores and their role
  • understand the principles of photon absorptiometry
  • receive 16 hours of structured education related to the content specifications as outlined by the ARRT

Locations & Dates
Phoenix, AZ     Sep 19-20, 2015
Milwaukee, WI     Oct 3-4, 2015
Milwaukee, WI     Feb 27-28, 2016
Dallas, TX     Mar 12-13, 2016
San Francisco, CA     Apr 9-10, 2016
Milwaukee, WI     Apr30-May1, 2016
Las Vegas, NV     Jun 18-19, 2016
Milwaukee, WI     Sep 10-11, 2016
Alexandria, VA     Oct 29-30, 2016

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Who Should Attend
This course is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn about bone density including technologists, physicians, managers and allied health personnel. It would also be useful for vendors offering products related to bone density. This course meets the ARRT requirements for 16 hours of structured education relation to Bone Density content specifications.


Michelle Heater, RT(R)(M)(BD), CBDT

Michelle is certified in Bone Densitometry by both the ISCD and the ARRT and has worked in BD for the past 11 years. She was an item writer for the ARRT Bone Densitometry Certification Exam and a member of the expert panel that reviewed the exam. Michelle has extensive clinical experience in bone densitometry having worked with both GE Lunar and Hologic units. She has participated in several community outreach programs aimed at educating the public and healthcare professionals about bone health. Michelle is also the Northeast Regional Representative for Technologists for the ISCD. Her friendly teaching style and extensive knowledge of bone densitometry will make this a very enjoyable educational experience.

Course Credit
This course provides 16.0 hours of category A continuing education credit for the radiologic technologists recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states. A certificate of attendance will be provided for each individual upon completion of this course. Attendees must attend the entire course to receive credit.

Need more information about requirements and the registry exam?
Click this link to go directly to the ARRT web site.
All clinical requirements as well as eligibiltiy requirements to sit for the registry exam are listed!
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Course Schedule
Day 1 - 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Day 2 - 7:30 am - 12:40 pm

Overview of Osteoporosis
  • Definition and Types of Osteoporosis
  • Bone Physiology
  • Risk Factors
  • BMMA - Bone Mass Measurement Act
Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Basic Statistical Concept
  • Standard Scores
  • Methods for Evaluating BMD (Bone Mineral Density)
  • WHO (World Health Organization) Diagnostic Criteria
  • FRAX - Evaluation Tool
  • VFA (Vertebral Fracture Assessment)
  • Laboratory Tests
Prevention and Treatment

Equipment Operations and Qualtiy Control
  • Dual Photon Energy
  • DXA Components
  • Pencil Beam vs. Fan Beam
  • Variables measured by DXA
Equipment Operation and Quality Control
  • Items Affecting Accuracy and Precision
  • Scanner Quality Control
  • Upgrade and Maintenance
  • Basic Computer 101
Equipment Safety

Radiation Safety

Patient Preparation

DXA Scanning of:
  • Forearm
  • Proximal Femur
  • Lumbar Spine
Case Studies

Clinical Competency Review
Times and Schedule is subject to change.
All prices for dates in the US are in US dollars.
All prices for dates in Canada are in Canadian dollars.

 ♦ AmountEarly
Regular Price550.00505.00
Member Price525.00480.00
Regular Price550.00505.00
Member Price525.00480.00

Qualifying 'Early' registrations must be made at least 21 days in advance for the program.

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Hotel Information
Phoenix, AZ - September 19 & 20, 2015
Accommodations & Course Location
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport
3422 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Reservations: 602-470-0500 or click here
Make Reservations by: 09/04/15
Rate: $95.00 + Tax
Identify yourself as: MTMI- Bone Densitometry Group
Milwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI - October 3-4, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore
8900 North Kildeer Court
Brown Deer, WI 53209
Reservations: 800-368-7764- Ask for the MTMI Group Rate or Click Here
Rate: $109.00 per night + Tax Single or Double
Make Reservations No later than 2 weeks before the Course
Guest Room Rate Includes Complimentary:
*Airport Shuttle from MKE  between the hours of 6AM-10PM
call hotel to reserve- need 48hours notice. If  airport shuttle is needed outside
of scheduled hours- Attendee on own for arrangements.
*Daily group shuttle to/from course location at MTMI
*Hot Breakfast Buffet Daily
*Hot Appetizers Mon-Thurs 5PM-7PM in 8900 Bar & Bistro
*1 drink coupon per room per stay
*WIFI in guestroom and common areas in hotel
*Bottled water in each guest room
*Use of fitness center, pools and business center
*Microwaves available- request when making reservation
*Shuttle to Bayshore Mall with 48 hours advance notice, based on availability

Meeting Location:
NEW MTMI Education Center
at Herzing University
W140 N8917 Lilly Road
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Hotel information for other dates may not yet be available.
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