ProfCert Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

With an ageing population, the use of DXA examinations to detect signs of osteoporotic changes will play a pivotal role in diagnosis of this condition alongside recommendations on its management. DXA examinations are extremely operator dependent and very sensitive to discrepancies in technique in particular.

This course will equip healthcare professionals currently involved in DXA examinations with the skills and expertise necessary to:

  • Develop their understanding of the operational and technical skills required to produce optimal scan results in addition to providing preliminary reports prior to radiologist approval.
  • Critically evaluate their own examination techniques and compare against standard practice to ensure optimal standards of operation.
  • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the treatment and care pathways involved for patients diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

The course structure has been specifically designed to accommodate both students and employers through use of e-learning and reduced contact hours, thus allowing greater flexibility and autonomous learning to maximise student engagement.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This course is directed towards healthcare professionals currently involved in the acquisition of DXA scans and referring clinicians who wish to understand more about the modality and the correct interpretation of scan data.