Bone Densitometry

Working as a Technologist in Bone Densitometry

Healthy and strong bones are essential for keeping active, especially as people grow older. If someone is at risk of low bone density or osteoporosis, or shows signs of subtle bone loss, doctors must be able to verify the condition before making treatment recommendations. 

That’s where a bone densitometry technologist comes in. In this position, you’ll create images using specialized X-ray equipment, which can help doctors discover issues with patients’ bone health. If the test reveals bone loss, patients and their health providers can discuss treatment options, such as medication and lifestyle changes. 

Bone Densitometry Discipline


The purpose of ARRT certification and registration in Bone Densitometry is to recognize individuals who are qualified to perform the role of a Bone Densitometrist. To earn ARRT certification and registration in this discipline, you'll use our postprimary eligibility pathway. This requires, among other things, that you already hold ARRT credentials in an approved supporting discipline. In some cases, you may earn your supporting credential through another organization.  Learn more about eligibility requirements and view additional resources below.

Requirements Checklist


Earning ARRT certification and registration is challenging, yet very achievable. It will take time and commitment—but your hard work will pay off.  Learn more about the requirements you'll need to meet along the way, including those in education, ethics, and examination. 

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Clinical Experience Requirements explain the type and quantity of clinical procedures that you'll need to complete.

  • Clinical Experience Requirements

    Structured Education Requirements outline the education activity requirements for this discipline.

  • Structured Education Requirements

    Examination Content Specifications outline the topics that appear on our bone densitometry exams.

  • Examination Content Specifications

    Task Inventory lists the job responsibilities typically required of technologists working in bone densitometry.

  • Task Inventory

  • 2020 Postprimary Eligibility Pathway Handbook Cover


    The application process for ARRT certification and registration has many detailed steps—but don't worry. We have a range of resources to guide you. Start by downloading our postprimary eligibility pathway application handbook below. 

    Download Handbook


    If you have questions about eligibility, our requirements, or applying, we're here to help. Contact us at 651.687.0048, then choose the option for earning an ARRT credential.. 

    If you're an R.T., you can find additional resources by logging into your online account and selecting "Pursue Postprimary" from the Complete Business tab. 

    If you're not an R.T., but you hold a credential in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), and are interesting in pursing a Bone Densitometry credential from ARRT, complete and submit an online account access form to get started.