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This course aims to develop competencies in principles and practices of bone densitometry using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Content areas include skeletal anatomy and bone biology; epidemiology of osteoporosis; radiation basics and safety; DXA machine operation, patient positioning, scan acquisition, and interpretation; and overview of lifestyle and pharmacologic treatment of osteoporosis. This course also aims to improve student confidence in conducting and interpreting DXA scans, as well as in interacting with patients throughout their DXA visit, including intake of medical history, fracture risk assessment, and patient education.

Course Number: FPM-40643
Credit: 1.00 unit(s)

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