What does a Bone Densitometry Technologist do?
Bone Densitometry Technologists use a special type of x-ray equipment to measure bone mineral density at a specific anatomical site (usually the wrist, heel, spine or hip) or to calculate total body bone mineral content. Results can be used by physicians to estimate the amount of bone loss due to osteoporosis.
Bone density references the amount of matter per square centimeter of bones. Note that this is not a true "density," which would be measured in mass per cubic area. It is measured by a procedure called densitometry, often performed in the radiology or nuclear medicine departments of hospitals or clinics. The measurement is painless and non-invasive and involves minimal radiation exposure.
Types of Work Environments
- Hospitals' imaging and radiology departments
Educational and Training Requirements
At this time, Certification as a bone densitometry technologist is voluntary. However, many employers look for candidates who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Candidates looking to become certified in bone densitometry must have already earned certification credentials in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy.
According to payscale.com, the median salary of bone densitometry technologists is approximately $39,873 per year.
Professional Organizations and Resources
- The American Registry for Radiologic Technologists
- The National Osteoporosis Foundation
- The International Society for Clinical Densitometry