International Society for Clinical Densitometry
Advancing our understanding of skeletal health1
In 1993, a group of specialists recognized the need to bring various disciplines together to address the issue of using bone densitometry in clinical practice. This resulted in the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). The ICSD is a global, nonprofit organization that provides a central resource for a number of scientific disciplines with an interest in the assessment of skeletal health.
Membership now stands at over 6,000 doctors, technologists, and other allied health providers in 60 countries and regions. The Society currently has 60% of its members as physicians and 40% as densitometry technologists in more than 30 disciplines.
Disciplines represented in the ICSD include: nephrologists, endocrinologists, radiologists, rheumatologists, gynaecologists, densitometry technologists, and nurses, reflecting an optimal approach to the care and diagnosis of patients with metabolic bone disease.
ISCD's mission is to advance excellence in the assessment of skeletal health through the following programs:
Promoting broader understanding of the clinical application of bone mass measurement technology
Striving for quality control to make densitometry reporting clinically relevant to physicians
Adopting an industry- and technology-neutral approach toward advances in the field
Supporting the debate on the cost and accessibility of densitometry
Encouraging improvements in patient care through the appropriate utilization of densitometry
Sharing common information among members
Continuing professional education and certification for clinicians and technologists
Developing a positive interface with other relevant organizations
ISCD publications and products
- Journal of Clinical Densitometry (JCD)
- JCD Online
- SCAN®: Official Newsletter of the ISCD
- News You Can Use — Monthly e-newsletter
- Clinician & Technologists Course Syllabi
- Osteoporosis Management Monographs
- Annual Meeting Reports