The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) has announced that Ann F. Olson, CNP, MS, MA associated with the Winona Clinic, Ltd has recently attended the ISCD's Bone Densitometry Course and has been recognized as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD). She has taken the ISCD Bone Densitometry Course and passed a rigorous exam on bone density testing for osteoporosis. Ann F. Olson is currently a doctoral student with the University of Arizona College of Nursing and is researching bone health in perimenopausal women.
There are over 5,000 certified clinicians and technologists worldwide. Certification in bone densitometry is a demonstration of proficiency and is a requirement for some insurance companies and HMOs. ISCD is a nonprofit professional organization of over 4,000 clinician and technologist members from more than 40 countries. ISCD is dedicated to improving the quality of bone density testing for osteoporosis, educating healthcare providers, increasing patient awareness, and supporting scientific advances. The proliferation of new technologies for measuring bone density, combined with the development of improved treatments for osteoporosis, has created great demand for the education and certification of healthcare providers.
Osteoporosis, a bone fragility disorder that can lead to fracture, is a disease that affects 44 million Americans, causing 1.5 million fractures each year, with an annual healthcare cost of about $17 billion. Osteoporotic fractures can result in chronic pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death. Early detection of low bone density before fractures occur is key to successful management. Bone density is easily measured with an instrument called a bone densitometer, using DXA (dual X-ray absorptiometry) technology. With preventive research and medications now available and under development, experts believe that osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease - not an inevitable part of aging.