This course evidences that you have addressed the learning needs in relation to DXA reporting. It enables you to maintain currency and safe clinical practice as required by local clinical governance procedures.
Regardless of your health profession you will be able 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 also review both technical aspects of bone densitometry assessment and patient management in relation to national guidance.
This course covers central DXA - it does not cover peripheral DXA or quantitative ultrasound (QUS).
You'll study these topics:
- Normal and osteoporatic appearances on DXA images, including an understanding of normal variants
- The clinical risk factors that affect BMD
- Artefacts and confounding factors, such as patient positioning
- The radiographic appearance of vertebral fracture on lateral DXA images
- Treatment thresholds for different patient groups
- Treatment protocols
- The significance of changes in DXA results with time and the implications for treatment
- The effect of treatment on DXA results
- Quantitative and semi-quantitative vertebral fracture assessment, including fracture risk assessment
- Common pitfalls of interpreting DXA scan results
- Normal ranges
- Records and record keeping
- Radiation protection and IRMER
- Terminology and writing reports
- Governance framework
Who this course is for
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.
- Angie Snow – Osteoporosis, DXA, Menopause
- Sue Barlow – DXA, Radiography
- Professor Jonathan Bayly – Osteoporosis, DXA, Falls
- Dr Claire Higham – Endocrinology, Osteoporosis, DXA
- Dr Abigail Samuels – Rheumatology, Osteoporosis, DXA
The course is equivalent to two modules at masters level 7. It lasts for about 36 weeks, but is dependent on the time you need to develop your portfolio of evidence.
You'll attend a minimum of four study days which will support your learning, provide keynote lectures, case study discussions in small groups, and viewing of scan sessions. These interactive study days are an integral part of this course.
For 2018/19 you'll be required to attend University on the following days:
Monday 28 January 2019 and Tuesday 29 January 2019
Monday 13 May 2019 and Tuesday 14 May 2019
Mentor study day - TBC
OSCE - Wednesday 4 September 2019
Coursework submission - Tuesday 8 October 2019
Following the study days, you'll develop a reflective portfolio of 100 cases, where you have independently reported on BMD results and commented on normal variants, artefacts and appearances in the image.
You'll need to include a broad range of examples that reflect the diversity of your patient populations. 20 of your reports will need to include detailed reflective practice.
Your report should include treatment recommendations to agreed local protocols, which you'll need to include in your portfolio.
You must present an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.
Your portfolio will need to be signed off by the trained practitioner who is your mentor in practice. You must ensure you have the support of a suitably appropriate mentor prior to admission on to the programme.
On completion of this course you should be able to:
- Consistently report on adult DXA images to a recognised clinical standard, incorporating diagnostic, technical and patient management aspects in line with national or agreed local protocols
- Independently provide a critical analysis and interpretation of management decisions on DXA images deriving from a range of scenarios that reflect clinical practice
- Review the role of vertebral fracturer assessment in the assessment of vertebral fractures and fracture risk assessment
A first degree or equivalent providing you with the academic and/or clinical competencies to work at the appropriate academic level; plus:
- Professional body state registration
- Be working as a health care professional (radiographer, technologist, nurse or doctor in a bone densitometry service, with the support of the clinician with clinical responsibility of the service who will sign off the reflective portfolio)
- Have completed appropriate IRMER training
- Successfully completion of the NOS National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or equivalent
You will need to supply a reference on your suitability to study at Master’s level (Level 7) and written confirmation of mentor support.
If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands) - check the list of LBR courses.
If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £1,400.
Apply directly to the University