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Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting

About this course:

  • When you've successfully completed this short course you'll have the reporting skills for interpreting DXA scans.
  • You can study it as a stand alone course, or as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting.
  • You'll be supported by a range of healthcare professionals who reflect the clinical diversity in the management of fracture risk.

Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Start date: September/January

Module level: Level 7

Which modules do I need to take with this one?

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.

Learning outcomes

The course is equivalent to two modules at masters level 7. The course lasts for about 36 weeks, but is dependent on the time you need to develop your portfolio of evidence.

We've taken a multidisciplinary approach to developing this course, so you will benefit from learning with people from different professions, to improve your knowledge and understanding of DXA scans.

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.

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.

You'll be required to attend University on the following days:

Weds/Thurs, 27/28th January, 2016

Tues/Weds, 10/11th May, 2016

OSCE - 14th September, 2016

Coursework submission - 11th October, 2016

Course fee is £1,400

If you are interested in applying for this programme please contact Angie Snow, , 01332 593079.  

 

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