Science and Instrumentation of Bone Densitometry - Level 7

About this module

The development of X-ray equipment able to image and quantify the measurement and assessment of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) has evolved rapidly. This is due to the recognition of osteoporosis as a major bony disease and the requirement to establish high levels of precision and accuracy in the measurement process. 

The diversity of imaging equipment for BMD assessment is extensive. There currently exists little education and training in the scientific principles regarding the operation of such equipment and evaluation of bone densitometers systems when establishing an osteoporosis service.  urrently, quality assurance and testing of such equipment is varied and practitioners have little understanding as to the operation and efficient usage of hardware and software systems in the positioning and analysis of their patients.

The aim of this module is to  provide you with an appreciation of the scientific principles of bone densitometers in order to inform your clinical activity and allow you to critically evaluate overall system performance.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

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Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Appreciate the scientific principles and characteristics of bone using ultrasound and ionising radiation.
  2. Understand the operating principles of bone densitometry systems and compare and contrast overall system performance.
  3. Critically review bone densitometry systems as part of the installation and provision of an osteoporosis unit within a primary/secondary care unit.
  4. Analyse factors affecting the overall measuring process critically reviewing different measures of bone mineral density.

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Studying via LBR

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Where will I study?

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

Contact details

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