What interested you in becoming a Bone Density Technologist?

I wanted to learn more about how diseases and medications affect the skeleton. There is a lot of research studies in regard to how diseases affect the skeleton, including how different medications can help or hinder skeletal growth. 

What physical and/or soft skills do you need to have to succeed?

To succeed in Bone Density, you need computer and analytical skills. In addition, we are constantly communicating with patients have a complete and accurate exam. 

What advice would you give to interested students?

The advice I would give to interested students would be to shadow an area for a day to see a glimpse of the day-to-day activities.

What interested you in working at Cleveland Clinic?

The Cleveland Clinic sees a wide range of patients. Those patients are expecting only the best from everyone who they come across and handle their cases.

What excites you about working as a Bone Density Technologist?

I like the need of precision of being a technologist. Patient results are reliant upon how accurate the technologist positions them and analyze their scans. 

What has been your most gratifying experience as a Bone Density Technologist?

I discovered an Atypical Femur Fracture and brought it to the radiologist's attention. Patients can be on a medication that may cause femur fractures and need to follow up with an orthopedist. 

What career options do you have as a Bone Density Technologist?

We have opportunities in Bone Density to work on research studies. We can also work with new hires and integrate them into the department. 

What is something others may not know about this career field?

Cleveland Clinic requires Bone Density technologists to be registered in radiology as well as bone density. Cleveland Clinic Bone Density technologists perform, analyze, and provide the exams to doctors to review and sign off on.  

One common misconception for bone density is that it is an easy field. Technologists need to be organized, precise, and able to educate patients on their bone health. 

How has the career field changed since you have started? What does the future look like? 

Bone density scans have become quicker and now provide more information for experts to review. We are now able to determine fracture risk and trabecular bone score, and diagnosis per the patient's bone mineral density score. While the principal physics may not have changed, the software we use, and its results are constantly changing.