ARRT Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes

Provide your thoughts on Bone Densitometry Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements by Sept. 30, 2016

(August 11, 2016) — The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is looking for help from educators and people who work in bone densitometry. As an interested party, you are encouraged to review the proposed changes to the Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements for Bone Densitometry certification and registration.

Our goal is to produce comprehensive, accurate and fair documents that cover the knowledge and cognitive skills required of bone densitometrists. ARRT’s examinations are practice-related. That is, we only include topics if knowledge of those topics relates directly to a clinical activity typically required in practice.

ARRT’s Bone Densitometry Practice Analysis and CQR Advisory Committee (composed of subject matter experts from throughout the nation) began working on these documents in November 2015 and will complete its work on them later this year. After that, ARRT’s Board of Trustees will review the proposed changes. The revised Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements have an implementation date of July 1, 2017.

Proposed changes in the drafts are either underlined (additions) or lined out (deletions). Notable changes include the following:

Examination Content Specifications

  • Content categories were retitled and rearranged into three major sections: Patient Care, Image Production and Procedures. This creates consistent category names across all ARRT disciplines.
  • Topics concerning peak height were added to the example list of patient history relevant to the scan within the Patient Care section.
  • Topics concerning pencil beam DXA were removed from the Image Production section.

Clinical Experience Requirements

  • Removed install manufacture upgrades from the elective procedures list.
  • Removed develop or update instructional materials related to bone health or bone densitometry (e.g., brochure, video) from the elective procedures list.
  • Added utilize FRAX® to assess ten year fracture risk to the elective procedures.

Review the Documents and Provide Feedback

Links to drafts of the proposed documents appear below. We invite you to review the documents and provide feedback via an important online survey (now closed). Your comments will help us create policy changes that are fair, and in the best interests of the profession and patients.


You may also direct questions about the proposed changes to ARRT at 651.681.3185.

Thank you for your contribution to this important project.

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