Detection of Atypical Femur Fractures
The ISCD periodically holds Position Development Conferences (PDCs) in which a panel of experts make recommendations based on reviews of scientific literature by specific task forces. In 2019 the PDC Task Force for Monitoring with Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) convened to identify detection of atypical femur fractures (AFFs) as an important topic and to answer key questions in this area. The outcome of this PDC was the 2019 Official Positions of the ISCD. This activity aims to provide learners with the most current, evidence-based practice guidelines for assessing skeletal health so they may begin utilizing them in their clinical practice.
Clinicians must be aware of the use of DXA systems for the early detection of AFFs as well as the new ISCD Official Position statements related to this topic. Clinicians must know when and how to appropriately utilize DXA systems to detect abnormalities in the spectrum of AFF, utilizing the new practice guidelines released by the ISCD.
This activity consists of a journal article and a series of questions that will allow you to engage in the most up-to-date research and practice guidelines from the 2019 ISCD Official Position on Atypical Femur Fractures.
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