27.3E - Clinical Imaging

Note: CEUs not offered for this course.

Course Description

This monograph series covers an introduction to the basic principles underlying the science and diagnostic utility of imaging for the physical therapist. The first monograph is a primer that discusses principles of conventional plain film radiographs (x-rays); computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging; diagnostic ultrasound and rehabilitative ultrasound imaging; and nuclear imaging. The second and third monographs cover imaging for the spine and extremities and its role in the evaluation of select musculoskeletal injuries. Application of the material is enhanced through the presentation of case studies.

Course Overview

Course Format: Online


This course is available to you for your enrichment only. Please note, CEUs are not offered for this course.

Clinical Imaging

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AOPT Member $35
Non-AOPT Member $50

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Course Objectives

  1. Describe the importance of having physical therapists study imaging.
  2. Identify relevant anatomy on diagnostic images.
  3. Define the different types of musculoskeletal imaging and the distinguishing information gathered from each.
  4. Understand basic radiographic terminology and the basic principles of radiography.
  5. Discuss factors that influence resolution, quality, and interpretation of imaging.
  6. Discuss basic viewing strategies for plain film, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance images.
  7. Discuss differences among and indications for various imaging methods and modalities.
  8. Understand the clinical decision making model for determining image sequence using American College of Radiology-
  9. Appropriateness Criteria and other clinical prediction rules.
  10. Understand the use of evidence-based guidelines for application of imaging modalities for musculoskeletal disorders of the extremities.
  11. Discuss the imaging findings for musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and extremities in the context of clinical presentations of patients.
  12. Identify signs and symptoms of red flags and specific causes of spine pain that require emergent referral and/or immediate imaging.
  13. Appropriately refer patients with acute and chronic spinal disorders for diagnostic imaging based on clinical practice guidelines.
  14. Synthesize available patient examination findings with imaging evidence to develop more effective intervention strategies.

Topics and Authors

  • Basic Diagnostic Imaging Principles
    Ira Gorman, PT, PhD
  • Imaging of the Extremities
    Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD, OCS; Amee L. Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS
  • Spinal Imaging: Update for the Treating Physical Therapist
    J. Megan Sions, DPT, PhD, OCS; James Elliott, PT, PhD; George J. Beneck, PT, PhD, OCS, KEMG; Charles Hazle, PT, PhD