Bone Densitometry Course

    The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry offers Certification in Bone Densitometry for healthcare professionals or clinical scientists.

3rd - 4th October 2016
Aston Conference Centre

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry consists of a two-day lecture course on 'Bone Densitometry in Osteoporosis Assessment and Management'. This is followed (at a later date) by an online examination and portfolio submission process, successful completion of which leads to Certification in Bone Densitometry providing operators with proof of their competence to perform bone densitometry measurements.

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The Training Scheme is approved by:

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Royal college of physicians

The RCP  has awarded 12 CPD credits (6 credits per day)

Useful dates:

Course date: Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th October 2016

Booking deadline: Friday 16th September 2016

Exam dates: Tuesday 7th February 2017

Portfolio: Friday 23rd June 2017

For more information please contact H.Mace@nos.org.uk

Course Information

Panel & Speakers

Programme & Syllabus


If you have any questions please contact:

Henry Mace
Course Administrator
National Osteoporosis Society
Skinners Hill

Telephone: 01761 473263
Email: courses@nos.org.uk

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The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate your understanding and practical ability in bone densitometry across four sections:

SECTION 1 - Quality Control (QC) - To evidence your understanding of QC procedures & processes and examine your technique.

SECTION 2 - Scan Technique - To evidence the accuracy and consistency of your scan technique, to include patient positioning,scan acquisition and scan analysis.

SECTION 3 - The Scan Print-Out - To evidence your knowledge and understanding of all the information presented on a scan print-out.

SECTION 4 - In Depth Case Studies - To evidence your deeper knowledge and understanding of bone densitometry in clinical practice, including how results are interpreted and applied.

The portfolio provides evidence that shows safe and effective practice in quality assurance procedures, patient positioning, scan acquisition and scan analysis. It is also to demonstrate your depth of understanding of the information shown on scan print-outs, the interpretation and the application of bone densitometry results.

Portfolio Declaration

Venue & Accommodation


The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry lecture course will be held at Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Aston University,
The Aston Triangle,
West Midlands,
B4 7ET

Phone:0121 204 4300


The on-site hotel offer a choice of 4* standard bedrooms. Embracing a modern style, the bedrooms are stylish places to relax with everything to suit the business travellers. Bedrooms come with everything you'd expect from a modern city centre hotel. LED television with digital service, direct dial telephones, hairdryers, iron and board, tea and coffee... and hot chocolate.

All of the bedrooms offer ample work spaces with a desk and great lighting, so if you need to catch up on some work, you can relax in the comfort of your own bedroom.

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, our team will provide you with a code on arrival.


Rail travel
New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 20 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey. Please visit www.thetrainline.com for details and tickets.

On foot from the stations: 
There is an interactive Google walking map from New Street and Snow Hill train stations, available for download from www.conferenceaston.co.uk

Bus routes
A number of bus services operate to the University campus throughout the day. For further information, please visit www.nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands where a route planner to the Aston University campus is available.

Taxi drop off points
All of the venues have taxi drop off points. Be sure to say to your driver that they should go to the Aston University campus. The central drop off point is a 2 minute walk to the conference centres and hotel.

Satellite navigation devices
The below postcode is the general code for the Aston University campus, the individual car parks have more details on the next page to hopefully make life a little easier and get you to the right place on time. Postcode: B4 7ET Street Name: Aston Street. PLEASE NOTE that many GPS systems will not show that Aston Street is closed to through traffic so access to Aston Street should be from Woodcock Street only and not from the James Watt Queensway. Please use the map to locate our pre-bookable car parks.

Birmingham Airport (BHX)
The venues are a mere 9 miles from Birmingham Airport and a taxi journey should take approximately 20-30 minutes dependent on traffic. There are also trains from Birmingham International station to Birmingham New Street (approximately 5-10 minutes journey time) then follow the directions above for taxi journeys or walking to the venues.

Travelling by car
There are electric car charging points outside both of the conference centres and hotel!

From M6 North and South 

1. Exit at Junction 6 for A38(M) following signs for “Birmingham (Cen)”.

2. Take lane 2 of the A38(M) for 2 miles, following signs for “City Centre”. 

3. Exit left off the A38(M) immediately after the overhead “End of Motorway” sign, before the flyover. Keep left and follow signs for “Aston University”.

4. Please use the following maps to the appropriate car park. From M42, East Midlands and Birmingham Airport Leave the M42 at Junction 7(A), following signs for “M6 (N) Birmingham (Central & N)” join the M6 (N). Follow the directions from M6 above.

From M5 South-West and City Centre

1. Leave the M5 at Junction 3, signposted “A456” towards Birmingham. Follow the A456 for about 5 miles towards the “City Centre”.

2. As you approach the City Centre, the road broadens to three lanes. Take the right hand lane following signs for “Convention and Broad Street”. Take the under pass onto Broad Street and continue straight on. 

3. At the roundabout merge right and then stay in the left lane, take the 1st exit onto Great Charles Street Queensway, following signs for “A38(M), M6” and “Thinktank at Millennium Point”. 

4. Keep in the right hand lane and after the traffic lights, merge right to take the underpass, signed “M6, M42, M5” and “A38”

5. After the underpass, exit left immediately before the flyover, signposted “Aston University”, then stay in the right hand lane.

6. At the Lancaster Circus round-about take the 3rd exit off signposted “Aston University”. Use the following map to the appropriate car park. 

From M40 Oxford
Take M40 north and join the M42 westbound towards the M5. Travel north on the M5, leaving at junction 3 and follow directions from M5 South-West above.

From M1 and The South
Take M1 north and exit at Junction 19 to join the M6 towards Birmingham. Follow the directions above from the M6.
From South Birmingham (Moseley, A45, A34) Join the A4540 heading North. When Birmingham Science Park is on your left,
take the left turn at the traffic lights onto Lister Street, continuing onto Woodcock Street. Use the following map to the appropriate car park.

Rules & Regulations

Supporting Materials

Recommended Reading and Educational Resources

Download here

Bone Densitometry Fundamentals CD

You can download the content of the Fundamentals CD by following each of these links:

2016 Fees

Fees - 2016


Lecture Course 2016

One day (Monday or Tuesday)


Whole course – 2 days


Whole course – 2 days + B&B accommodation on site*


Certification in Bone Densitometry 2016

Examination + portfolio


Re-sit examination


Portfolio re-submission


*Includes 1 night B&B accommodation. Additional nights available at £100 per night.

Registration fees are payable by credit card or by requesting an invoice (UK delegates only). Places are only guaranteed on receipt of payment. Registration is non-transferable.

Delegates arriving at the lecture course with any fees partially or fully outstanding will be asked to present a debit or credit card as either payment or guarantee of payment. Where a card is provided as guarantee of payment, this will be charged 1 month following the lecture course, if outstanding fees have not been settled via an alternative method. Admittance to the lecture course will not be permitted without prior payment of fees or without debit or credit card guarantee. Individuals are therefore strongly advised to seek proof of payment from their organisations prior to arrival and to bring this to the lecture course.


All cancellations must be made in writing.

• Cancellations of > 21 days notice will be given an 80% refund
• Cancellations of 21 days days or less - no refund will be payable. 

In the unlikely event that the National Osteoporosis Society shall deem it necessary to cancel the lecture course, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed in full. The National Osteoporosis Society shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individuals.

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