X-ray Ordering: a how-to guide for clinical practice

April 24, 2020 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Evan O. Nelson, PT, DPT, PhD
Scott P. Tauferner, PT, ATC
Jason W. Stephenson, MD

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.