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Basic Musculoskeletal Radiology and Imaging

presented by Robert Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course by Dr. Robert Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, covers basic principles and interpretation of diagnostic imaging modalities as they apply for all healthcare providers with imaging privileges. The emphasis is on plain film radiography, including basic physics of the imaging technique, viewing and interpreting films, radiographic anatomy, and clinical correlation with patient cases. Other types of imaging, including contrast films, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography will also be introduced.

Meet Your Instructor

Robert Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Boyles is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Boyles' primary area of instruction is orthopedics, which includes evaluation and intervention, manual therapy treatment techniques for the spine and extremities, introduction to joint mobilization, spine manipulation, and clinical radiology. Currently, he serves as…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Fundamentals

Understand the fundamentals behind musculoskeletal radiology and imaging, including how X-Rays images are produced and the importance of proper anatomical knowledge in interpreting imaging. Fractures are examined – understand the different morphologies, language, and signs to identify fractures. Identify the various skeletal deformities that can be identified through radiology and imaging. Review other methods of imaging, such as fluoroscopy, bone scan, ultrasound, CT, MRI.

2. Spine

Learn about radiology and imaging in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines. Normal anatomy, trauma, and degenerative changes will be covered for each spinal region, as well as rules regarding when to order films. Low back pain, spinal infections, spinal neoplasms, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoporosis are highlighted.

3. Lower Extremity

Clinical radiology for the lower extremity is covered, including sections on the hip and pelvis, knee, as well as foot and ankle. Various imaging views of these regions and typical findings from each view will be presented, as well as information related to common disorders. Rules for when to order films for these body parts will be discussed.

4. Upper Extremity

The upper extremity is highlighted in this chapter – including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Review the typical views that are used to capture images of these particular regions, and which landmarks to note when reviewing these films.

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