Services offered are in accordance with Manufacturer’s Recommendations, Australia & New Zealand-Bone & Mineral Society’s (ANZBMS) Accreditation Guidelines for Bone Densitometry as well as International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) guidelines
Our General Services include:
•Consultation in all aspects of Bone Densitometry
•Quality assurance and equipment performance
•Radiation protection and safety
•Physics of X-ray
•Legal and Practical Consideration
•EPA licensing requirements
•Bone as a composite material
•Role of the technologist
•Role of Anatomy in Bone Densitometry
•Patient Care in the Bone Densitometry Lab
•Patient Positioning and Scan Acquisition
•Vertebral Fracture Assessment
•Understanding the Results
•Computers in Bone Densitometry
•Relevant statistical analysis and report generation
•Comprehensive data management
•Research studies protocols
•How to calculate Precision Error in your Centre
•Electrical and mechanical safety
Consultation in all aspects of Bone Densitometry
Each densitometry unit has to provide sufficient space and facilities for the satisfactory provision of service.
The unit environment needs to be carefully planned; sufficient space around the x-ray unit such that densitometry staff and persons accompanying the patient are out of the radiation hazard zone of the machine.
2.Quality Assurance/Quality Control
•Daily QC of manufacturer’s phantom
•European Spine Phantom
•Long Term Drifts, measurement and adjustment
•Multirule Stewart Charts
•Cusum and Moving Average plots
3.Radiation Protection and Safety
The aim of radiation protection standards is to prevent deterministic effects and to limit the probability of stochastic effects to levels deemed to be acceptable for Unit personnel, hospital employees, patients and the community at large.
Staff must have an adequate training and experience to supervise and conduct the work of the unit.
A technologist in bone densitometry must be tertiary educated in the field of radiography, nuclear medicine, science or nursing, and must have additional post-graduate training in bone densitometry.
Units must have staff that is able to handle the particular problems of patients presenting for densitometry.
5.Computers in bone densitometry
•Computers in densitometry
•Control of computer components
•Removable storage devices
•Input/output peripheral device care
•Multitasking: connectivity solutions/networking
•Hospital information systems data transfer
6.Relevant statistical analysis and report generation
•Normalised Gaussian (Z) Distribution and the Z Statistics
•Z Scores and T Scores
•Accuracy and Precision
•Standard deviation and Coefficient of Variation
7.Comprehensive data management
8.Research studies protocols
•Sample size estimation
•Form and document preparation
•Good clinical practise
10.Standard Protocol Design
Ensures consistency in quality.
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