Course Details

Lecture Series

Day 1

  • Principles of bone mass measurement - DXA
  • Bone biology and the Epidemiology of Osteoporosis
  • Essentials of Treatment of Osteoporosis
  • Introduction to Statistics for Densitometry
  • Essential Anatomy/Interpretation of DXA
  •  Lateral Vertebral Assessment (LVA)
  • Workshop 1 (manufacturer specific)
  • Techniques of DXA scanning – acquisition and analysis
  • Interactive session with tutors

Day 2

  • Pitfalls of DXA
  • Reporting DXA scans/Errors in reporting
  • Paediatric DXA and other extensions
  • Radiation in bone densitometry
  • DXA Quality Assurance (QA/QC) & Information systems management in DXA
  • Exam Details
  • Accreditation
  • Workshop 2 Interactive Session with Tutors (manufacturer specific)
    • Split into Technologists/Doctor Groups
    • Includes professional issues in Densitometry for Technologists

CPD Points

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for this course are approved by the following professional bodies:
  •  0.5 points/hour from AIR (category B). The course has 16 contact hours giving a total of 8 points
  • 29 points from the RANZCR
  • The ANZAPNM and the ESA as part of the RANZCP have a standard number of points for training meetings and accept the course for CPD
  • 4 points from the ANZSNM

Accomodation

Course participants are required to organise their own accommodation.

EPA Details

Completing this course satisfies the requirements of radiation safety legislation in most Australian states and ARPANSA for licencing of DXA operators. Please consult your state Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Radiation Protection Branch or equivalent, see websites below.

South Australian residents may sit an additional SA EPA approved on-line examination covering legislation to obtain a DXA operator licence. This requires an 80% pass mark in addition to passing the ONZ examination.

South Australia - www.epa.sa.gov.au/radiation.html
Victoria - http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/
New South Wales - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/radiation
Queensland - www.health.qld.gov.au/radiationhealth
Western Australia - www.radiologicalcouncil.wa.gov.au
Tasmania - http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/radiation_protection 
ACT - http://www.health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=da&did=10054021&pid=1156350969
NT - http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Environmental_Health/Radiation_Protection/
New Zealand - www.nrl.moh.govt.nz/regulatory