Bone Densitometry for Technologists

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As a technology, bone densitometry is really quite extraordinary. The ability to quantify the density of the bones at a variety of skeletal sites has truly revolutionized the approach to a number of diseases, the most important of which is osteoporosis. Using the information from the machines, especially dual-energy X ray absortiometry (DXA) technology, physicians can recommend and prescribe interventions that will slow bone loss and reduce the risk of disabling fractures. The remarkable advances in skeletal imaging with densitometry devices have made possible quantitative and diagnostic assessments of skeletal structure. However it is in fact the skill and concern of the technologist that enables all of this to happen.  In this updated and expanded third edition of their gold standard and highly praised Bone Densitometry for Technologists, Sydney Lou Bonnick, MD, FACP, and Lori Ann Lewis, MRT, CDT, again offer the most comprehensive review of the standards and developments in the field.  Here radiologic technologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dedicated densitometry technologists can find not only the state-of-the-art guidelines for bone density testing, but also a wide range of other topics, including several new chapters.  These include a new chapter on the performance of DXA lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm studies; one on Using Absolute Risk to Predict Fracture Risk in Clinical Practice; and another providing examples of highly instructional DXA images in which artifacts or structural changes can be seen.  There are 2 new appendices and the other 10 appendices from the previous edition have been updated wherever necessary to reflect the most current information available.  In Appendix XII, the contents of the accompanying CD-ROM are reviewed. On this CD, readers will find the Precision Calculator Companion that was first included with the 2nd edition of Dr. Bonnick’s title, Bone Densitometry in Clinical Practice.  Questionnaires designed to capture essential information to utilize FRAX for both men and women are also included on the CD. These questionnaires can be persomalized to better suit a practice's needs. Finally, a continuing education review is also found on the CD, which, if successfully completed, will result in the awarding of  16 hours of Category A credit acceptable to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

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Dr. Bonnick is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is the medical director of the Clinical Research Center of North Texas and an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Dr. Bonnick is one of the founders and past Secretary of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Bonnick helped to create and teach the original physician and technologist bone densitometry certification courses for ISCD. She is the 1999 winner of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry President’s Award and a past recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association President’s Recognition Award and the AMWA’s Calcium Education Nutrition Award. She is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, National Osteoporosis Foundation, International Society for Clinical Densitometry and the North American Menopause Society. She is a former member of the osteoporosis advisory committee for the Texas Department of Health. Dr. Bonnick has served as a primary investigator in numerous research trials in the field of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and has published extensively. In addition to being the co-author of this book, she is also the author of Bone Densitometry in Clinical Practice from Humana Press. She lives in Denton, Texas. Ms. Lewis is a medical radiologic technologist and recognized by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry as a certified densitometry technologist. She is one of the original members of the technologist teaching faculty for ISCD and the 1997 winner of the ISCD technologist of the year award. She is the clinical research coordinator for Dr. Sydney Bonnick and bone density technologist at the Clinical Research Center of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has extensive experience in bone densitometry on all types of equipment over the last 25 years. She lives in Denton, Texas.

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“This is a detailed overview of what is pertinent to complement the knowledge base of both experienced bone density technologists and technologists new to this field. ... Radiologic technologists are the primary audience. ... As the field of bone densitometry scanning continues to evolve, this update is absolutely necessary. ... This continues to be the ‘go to’ book for technologists interested in giving their patients the best care possible.” (Janice S. Bergersen, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 2013)

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