Physical therapists can order x-ray images and routinely use the results of imaging studies to make patient care decisions. This course will provide attendees the knowledge, skills, and confidence to order x-ray images in outpatient physical therapy care settings. Through lecture and case-based learning, attendees will learn how to properly order specific projection views to evaluate all body regions. Attendees will also understand the rights, responsibilities, and best practices for using x-ray imaging in clinical practice as well as situations when advanced imaging is indicated.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Compare the indications, limitations, and risks of plain film radiography and advanced imaging techniques.
- Demonstrate competence and accuracy when ordering x-ray images.
- Implement evidence-based strategies to optimize patient care, facilitate professional communication, and prevent imaging overutilization.
- Distinguish patient scenarios requiring x-ray imaging from those requiring referral to appropriate providers for further evaluation or advanced imaging.