About this Program

This 2-day, live webinar course is a comprehensive review of the role of bone densitometry in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatmentRather than teaching yourself, you'll go through the course material with a DXA expert. The course covers 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 in adherence with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) bone densitometry educational standards.

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 or those setting up, managing or operating a bone densitometry service.

This bone density course offers participants CE credits and exam prep, making it ideal for those interested in pursuing or renewing ARRT or ISCD certification.

This activity provides the 16 hours of structured education related to the content specifications outlined by the ARRT, required for bone densitometry certification and registration.

Need more information about requirements and the registry exam?

CLICK HERE and visit the ARRT website. All clinical requirements and eligibility requirements to sit for the registry exam are listed!

(Exam data gathered from 2019 survey)

 State licensing requirements for Bone Densitometry vary. Contact your state agency to ensure you are compliant. Visit the ARRT Individual State Licensure Information to learn more.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this bone densitometry continuing education 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 and DXA scans in determining bone mineral density and identifying osteoporosis.


In-person and live webinar options

Day 1

8:00 am

Bone Densitometry Overview
Patient Care and Management

  • What is Bone Densitometry?
  • Why Bone Densitometry?
  • The History and Present Techniques
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • DXA Technology in Vertebral Fracture Assessment
  • DXA Technology in Body Composition Assessment

Suggestions for Setting Up a Bone Densitometry Room/Office/Laboratory
Procedures and Image Production

  • Discuss What is Expected from Reception Staff
  • Educational Materials
  • Bone Densitometer Room Set-up
  • Apply State Rules/Regulations for Record-keeping
  • Understand the Importance of Archiving and Backing Up
  • Communication with All Operators of the Equipment

An Overview of Osteoporosis
Patient Care

  • Stats and Facts
  • Definition(s)
  • Bone Physiology
  • Risk Factors 
  • BMMA
  • Evaluation
  • Prevention and Treatment
  • Laboratory Tests
 Lunch Break

Principles and Instrumentation of DXA Equipment
Image Production

  • DPA
  • DXA
  • What are X-rays?
  • Two Methods of X-ray Production
  • Radiation Detection
  • Pencil Beam vs. Fan Beam
  • Variables Measure in DXA
  • Precision
  • Equipment Characteristics
  • Operator and Patient Characteristics
  • Follow-up Scanning

Quality Control
Image Production

  • Define Quality Control
  • Phantoms
  • Utilize the Phantoms to Make Control Tables/Charts
  • Types of QC
  • Relocation of DXA Unit
  • Cross Calibration
  • Upgrades
4:00 pmAdjourn for the Day


Day 2


8:00 am

Radiation Safety
Patient Care

  • State Regulations
  • Principles of Radiation Protection
  • Radiation Quantities
  • Patient Preparation


Forearm DXA Scanning



Proximal Femur DXA Scanning



PA Lumbar Spine DXA Scanning

 Lunch Break
 Case Studies
 ARRT Exam Preparation/Content Specifications
3:00 pmAdjourn


Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn about bone density including technologists, 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.

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Michelle Heater


Michelle Heater has over 45 years of experience in Medical Imaging. Michelle has been a dedicated bone densitometrist for 25 years. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in applied science. Michelle is certified by both the ARRT and the ICSD. She was an item writer for the ARRT exam and a member of the expert panel that reviewed the exam.Michelle has spoken at international meetings and has served on several boards regarding bone densitometry. She has extensive clinical experience having worked on Hologic and GE Healthcare/Lunar scanners. Michelle has participated in several community outreach programs aimed at educating the public and healthcare professionals about bone health. Her friendly teaching style and extensive knowledge of bone densitometry will make this a very enjoyable educational experience.


Accredited training programs

ASRT Category A Credit Information

ASRT Category A

This program provides 16 hour(s) of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists approved by ASRT and recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states.  Category A credit is also recognized for CE credit in Canada.  You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.  

This activity provides the 16 hours of structured education related to the content specifications outlined by the ARRT, required for certification and registration. Biennium CE Credits: 16 Structured Education / CQR Credits: 16


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Early Pricing Guidelines

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

Cancellation Policy


Refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted for cancellations received prior to 3 days before the program. Cancellations received within 3 days of the program will receive a credit toward a future MTMI program, minus the $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after the program starts. MTMI reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program because of low advance registration or other reasons. MTMI’s liability is limited to a refund of any program tuition paid. MTMI recommends that attendees use refundable airline tickets. In case of cancellation of a program for any reason, MTMI is not responsible for travel costs incurred by attendees including non-refundable airline tickets. When offered, WEBINAR ATTENDEES that cannot log in due to unsolvable technical issues beyond their control will be eligible for a full refund.