Bone Densitometry Foundation Course

e-Learning course specifically developed to provide you with a fundamental knowledge of osteoporosis and Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)

About the Bone Densitometry Foundation Course

This course has been specifically developed to provide candidates with fundamental knowledge of osteoporosis and Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA). On completion of the course, candidates will have a basic understanding of:

  • osteoporosis, its assessment and prevention
  • the effects of and regulations on radiation associated with Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
  • the principles and practical techniques of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.

There is open access to the training modules. Completion of the online Foundation Bone Densitometry Course is highly recommended as preparation for the National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry.

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The Modules

Module 1: Understanding, treating and preventing osteoporosis

  1. An Introduction to Osteoporosis
  2. Assessment of Osteoporosis
  3. Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis

Module 2: Radiation and regulation

  1. Biological Effects of Radiation and Radiation Dose
  2. Radiation Protection: Legislation and the Protection of Staff and the Public
  3. Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations: Protection of Patients

Module 3: DXA and Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

  1. Physical Principles of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
  2. DXA Scanner Technology
  3. Introduction to Practical DXA Techniques
  4. Errors and Artefacts in DXA

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The Exam

There is open access to the course modules. Once candidates have completed each module, they will be able to enrol for the online assessment. There will be a charge of £50.00 for the assessment.  

Candidates will be allowed three attempts to successfully complete the assessment. Failure on the third attempt will prohibit further attempts and the candidate will be required to take a period of time (minimum of one month) out in order to further revise their knowledge of the course content.

Successful completion of the assessment with a pass mark of 80% or higher will enable the candidate to gain the corresponding certificate.

A set time of 60 minutes will be allowed for completion of the assessment which will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions.

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Rules & Regulations

Certification and accreditation

An online certificate will be awarded to users who successfully pass the online assessment. The certificate will detail the user’s name, the course name and CPD code.

Accreditation will be awarded by the National Osteoporosis Society, and Federation of the Royal College of Physicians. The Course has been approved by the Society and College of Radiographers. A certificate will be made available to those who have successfully passed.

This course has been approved for 4 Distance-Learning CPD Credits by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians and. The expiry date for CPD approval is every 2 years from the date of accreditation.