- 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 DXA Reporting.
- You'll be supported by a range of healthcare professionals who reflect the clinical diversity in the management of fracture risk.
About this course
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. Twenty 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.
Working as a physician, radiographer, technologist or nurse in a bone densitometry service with the support of the clinician with clinical responsibility of the service who will sign off the reflective portfolio.You must have completed appropriate IRMER training.You must have completed the NOS National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry or the Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or have equivalent experience in an osteoporosis service that provides bone densitometry.
Recipient: University of Derby
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