DXA Reporting for Clinicians - Level 7 - 7RD506

About this module

You will be an experienced health professional working in an osteoporosis or DXA service that is either currently reporting on DXA scans or are about to commence.

This module has been developed to give you the knowledge and skills to support your professional role in DXA reporting. It is not a professional accreditation of competency. It is evidence of having addressed the learning needs in relation to DXA reporting, therefore, it remains necessary to maintain currency and safe clinical practice as required by local clinical governance procedures.

The Department of Health emphasises the need for a flexible and adaptable workforce by the transfer of skills between professional groups and for NHS employers to empower appropriately trained personnel to undertake a wider range of clinical roles. As a result, health care professionals from a number of disciplines are now expanding their respective roles, such as; the right to make and receive referrals, independently assess, treat, admit and discharge patients, order and interpret investigations, including bone density (BMD) and vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) results from dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). 

This module will enable you, regardless of your health profession, to develop and enhance your practice as part of a multi-professional strategy and to utilise a systematic approach to reporting BMD and VFA results from DXA scans.

You will work closely with a service based Mentor and the Module team to consistently and independently report DXA scans and review the role of vertebral fracture assessment. 

You will review both technical aspects of bone densitometry assessment and patient management in relation to national guidance:

  • Normal and osteoporotic appearances on DXA images, including an understanding of normal variants and artefacts and confounding factors, such as patient positioning
  • Normal ranges and the clinical risk factors that affect BMD
  • Treatment protocols, treatment thresholds for different patient groups and the effect of treatment on BMD results.  The significance of changes in DXA results with time and the implications for treatment
  • Common pitfalls of interpreting DXA scan results.
  • The radiographic appearance of vertebral fracture on lateral DXA images and quantitative and semi-quantitative vertebral fracture assessment, including fracture risk assessment
  • Records and record keeping, Terminology and writing reports, including the ISCD reporting requirements, Governance Framework and Radiation Protection and IRMER.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 7RD506

Start dates are usually: January

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 40 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Consistently report on DXA images to a recognised clinical standard, incorporating diagnostic, technical and patient management aspects in line with national or agreed local protocols.
  2. Independently provide a critical analysis and interpretation of management decisions on DXA images deriving from a range of scenarios that reflect clinical practice.
  3. Review the role of lateral morphometry in the assessment of vertebral fractures and fracture risk assessment.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via on campus and online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk