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Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

Professional Certificate Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

Course Features
• Targeted towards health care professionals currently involved in the everyday practice and interpretation of DXA scanning.
• Material is delivered via a blended learning approach – online, providing a flexible approach to accommodate busy health care professionals and clinical site planning and taught lectures which will be delivered over two UCD based days.
• This course will lead participants from basic to advanced practice in DXA, delivered by experts in the field.

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.

Entry requirements

Am I Eligible for this Course?
Applicants are required to:
• Hold a primary degree in radiography, nursing, physiotherapy or equivalent.
• Have access to computing facilities for online content.
• Provide evidence of available clinical support for completion of the practical portfolio requirements.

International Applicants
International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.


4 months part-time.

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Coordinator
Ms. Jennifer Grehan
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
UCD Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
UCD Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F: + 353 1 716 6547


Who should take this course?
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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

Next Intake: September and January Annually
X579 (Jan Intake); X569 (Sep Intake)

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