Reading DXA looks easy. The computer reads it for you. All you have to do is sign the reported t-score. WRONG!!
Computer generated DXA readings are often incorrect. Accurate DXA requires human review and correction of computer generated inaccuracies and errors. Otherwise, you receive wrong diagnosis and false reassurance about your Fracture Risk. How can you get a correct reading? Insist on ISCD certified readings!
The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) teaches, tests, and certifies technicians and clinicians. This is necessary for accurate diagnosis. Individuals who have not taken ISCD training simply do not know any better. Despite 35 years of reading x-rays as a physician, I made the usual errors in the months before I took the ISCD course.
ISCD training is often needed by the technicians performing the DXA. ISCD training allows them to avoid the pitfalls that result in poor studies.
ISCD Certification assures you that the healthcare professionals obtaining your DXA are fully trained and have passed the exam. Insist on this assurance of quality DXA and VFA.
This week ISCD holds its 18th annual meeting. We will be discussing how to further improve DXA, VFA, and Body Composition testing. I’ll keep you posted.
Jay Ginther, MD, CCD (ISCD Certified Clinical Densitometrist)