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Clinical Module for General
X-ray Machine Operators

Concentration: Bone Densitometry

Program Objectives

Provide the appropriate education to function effectively and safely as a general x-ray machine operator focusing on bone densitometry.

Program Content

This program is for persons who are preparing to obtain a general x-ray machine operator’s license in Ohio. Topics covered:

Basic concepts and DXA scanning principles:

∙ Osteoporosis
∙ Introduction to various methods commonly used
∙ Measuring BMD
∙ Anatomy
∙ Scan acquisition
∙ Scan analysis and print out
∙ Common problems
∙ Follow-up scan

Equipment operation and quality assurance:

∙ Computer console and switches
∙ Database maintenance
∙ Quality assurance
∙ QA pass or fail
∙ Quality of BMD
∙ Factors that affect both accuracy and precision
∙ Least significant change (LSC)
∙ Radiation dose


This educational program is accredited with the Ohio Department of Health and fulfills the requirements for licensure of general x-ray machine operators.

Program Faculty

Thomas N. Hangartner, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Physics, Wright State University

Sharice Morrison, M.S., RT(R,BD), Dayton Heart and Vascular Hospital


The fee for this course is $225.00

Dates and Times

This is a two-day course, which will be held on:
February 8, 2013 from 4:00-6:30 pm
February 9, 2013 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm


Note: Class is held at the main campus of Wright State University in 347 Russ Engineering Center (RC).
Wright State University
347 Russ Engineering Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Parking is available in the Visitor Parking Lot in front of the Student Union. For a campus map, visit

Further Information

For more information, please call the BioMedical Imaging Laboratory.

* course is subject to cancelation due to lack of interest




Updated January, 2013