The University of Derby (UoD) has announced that its radiography education programme, postgraduate bone densitometry reporting, has resumed, as has the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) reporting module.
The courses were forced to go on pause for a number of years but are currently accepting applications for a new cohort of students set to start in January 2024.
UoD expects “significant demand” for the programme now, and advises prospective students to visit their website for more information.
The bone densitometry course will increase students’ knowledge in the fields of fracture prevention, through osteoporosis diagnosis and management, with the DXA reporting module providing in-depth knowledge of technical applications.
“We’ll encourage you to use a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research and your reporting of bone mineral density results,” the UoD said. “You’ll focus on patient management and develop the skills needed to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.”
The course also emphasises the importance of skills required to develop and lead projects and services, as well as granting them the opportunity to study with people from different professions. This will help them to advance their understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide range of health care settings, the UoD added.
During this course students are expected to develop a portfolio of reports and extended case studies, while being taught by staff who are health care professionals and have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to “confidently establish standards of practice in [their] workplace.”
They will also be able to: consistently report on adult DXA images to a recognised clinical standard, incorporating diagnostic, technical and patient management aspects; independently provide a critical analysis and interpretation of management decisions on DXA images; and review the role of vertebral fracture assessment.
Students should apply directly to the university, with applications open now for the course to begin in January.