Pediatric DXA Use and Interpretation in the Clinical Setting

Session approved for 1 ASRT Category A Credit
Session approved for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This session duration is 50 minutes.

Medical knowledge pertaining to pediatric bone health has significantly grown over the past decade. This session briefly reviews the evolution of ISCD position statements related to the clinical use of densitometry in children at risk for skeletal fragility. Clinical scenarios focusing on malnutrition, steroid use, hormone deficiencies, chronic inflammation, and immobility will provide practical examples where DXA can aid in the diagnosis and management of children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize key modifiable risk factors affecting pediatric bone health
  • Identify which DXA sites provide the most clinically relevant information based on the child's clinical presentation
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of DXA imaging in monitoring the growing child with skeletal fragility

Halley Wasserman, MD MS CCD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Halley Wasserman is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of pediatric endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where she also serves as the Director of the Calcium and Meabolic Bone Disorders Center. Her clinical and research interests include optimizing care for children with disuse osteoporosis and other forms of skeletal fragility and is leading a pilot study to assess bone turnover markers in youth with chronic immobility. She serves as a consultant on NIH funded research to study bone health in transgender youth and is the principal investigator of a clinical trial assessing the effects of transdermal estrogen on bone, cognition and mental health in adolescent females with premature ovarian insufficiency. Dr. Wasserman has co-authored 14 original research articles and 3 invited reviews. She was a member of the 2019 ISCD Position Development Conference Pediatric Task Force and is currently leading the development of a pediatric bone Learning Health Network. Outside of academia, she enjoys reading historical fiction, gardening, baseball and spending time with her husband and three children.


Endocrine Society (Self) : Independent Contractor (Status: Ongoing), Other Financial or Material Support (Status: Ongoing), Question Writer for the Pediatric Endocrine Self-Assessment Program (Status: Ongoing); NIH (Self) : Research Support (Status: Ongoing); Ultragenyx (Self) : Research Support (Status: Ongoing)

Jennifer L. Miller, MD, CCD (Moderator)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University

My name is Jennifer Miller, MD, CCD and I am a Pediatric Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and co-Medical Director of the Bone Health Program at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I am most interested in bone complications of other pediatric illnesses, and in improving the quality of life of children with bone health concerns. I participate in clinical research to learn more about these areas and improve the care of all children with bone health concerns.


Element Bars, Inc (Spouse/Partner) : Employment (Status: Ongoing), Shareholder (Status: Ongoing)


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03/31/2022 at 3:30 PM (EDT)   |  50 minutes
03/31/2022 at 3:30 PM (EDT)   |  50 minutes
10 Questions
Medical Certificate
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  No certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  No certificate available