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Bone Densitometry Technologist

Bone densitometry technologists create images to measure the density of bone. They work in hospitals, clinics, labs, and outpatient centers.

Bone Densitometry Careers

Technologists working in bone densitometry use specialized x ray equipment that helps measure bone mineral density and content. These images help estimate and track bone loss, and can help determine fracture risks. ARRT certification is voluntary, but certification in bone densitometry may help those seeking a career in bone densitometry.

ARRT doesn't provide a list of job postings within the profession. However, bone densitometry technologists seeking a position may want to check the ASRT JobBank.

Bone Densitometry Certification

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers Bone Densitometry certification and registration as part of its mission to recognize qualified individuals in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and interventional procedures. To be eligible for ARRT Bone Densitometry certification, candidates must already hold ARRT registration in radiography, nuclear medicine technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), or radiation therapy, meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and pass the ARRT certification examination in bone densitometry.

Annual renewal of registration is required to maintain the ARRT credential.

Bone Densitometry Continuing Education (CE)

Once certified in bone densitometry, Registered Technologists (R.T.s) must complete 24 Category A or A+ continuing education (CE) credits each biennium — a two-year period that begins at the start of his or her birth month.

Technologists already registered in a discipline who become certified in additional disciplines maintain their original CE reporting schedule based upon their initial certification. The continuing education requirement is 24 credits, regardless of the number of ARRT certificates held by a registrant. Technologists who become certified in bone densitometry within a biennium meet the CE requirement for that biennium.

For more information, check out the Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration.

Looking for CE credits? Check out CE|R.T.

In addition, any certifications earned in any category beginning January 1, 2011, are time limited to 10 years, at which time R.T.s will need to demonstrate continued qualifications as part of the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR).

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