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Diagnostic Imaging II

Evaluate the impact of integrating imaging in your clinical practices.

Diagnostic Imaging II continues the course of study begun in PHT 721. Build on your understanding of how to integrate the use of medical imaging equipment—namely X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—into your physical therapy practice.

You’ll focus on the radiological assessment of the shoulder, identifying sagittal, coronal, and axial magnetic images of the joint. As you concentrate on impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tear, and biceps tendon tear, you’ll recommend the most appropriate radiological evaluation method for each. The focus will then shift to hand, wrist, knee, ankle, and foot. In order to recognize abnormalities in these areas, you’ll evaluate normal anatomical structures of each.

While physical therapy primarily treats neuromuscular and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, it’s essential that you expand your scope of knowledge to support autonomous practice. To that end, you’ll explore the role of the physical therapist in reviewing chest radiographs and cardiovascular images, and learn to recognize imaging aspects associated with the integumentary system, including wound assessment and burn depth.

Sample Topics

  • Our needs and areas of practices
  • Shoulder complex
  • Hand and wrist
  • Knee joint
  • Ankle and foot
  • Cardiopulmonary and vascular systems
  • Integumentary system

Topics are subject to change.

Sample Assignment

Throughout this course, you’ll research and write a substantive (8- to 10-page) paper focusing on the radiological assessment of any of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, or integumentary pathologies that are of interest to physical therapy practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast the validity, clinical capabilities, and limitations of radiographs, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and diagnostic ultrasound (echocardiogram or ultrasonography).
  2. Analyze the clinical impact of common imaging technologies and image-guided interventional procedures used in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary imaging.
  3. Illustrate the critical role of PTs in the diagnostic imaging system through their correlation of clinical findings with imaging information.
  4. Distinguish the major roles of conventional radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and bone scintigraphy in clinical decision-making.
  5. Compare and contrast the various vascular imaging techniques e.g., arteriogram and diagnostic ultrasound.
  6. Examine the role that core values/ethical behaviors and professional communication play in relation to conflict resolution, negotiation skills, and networking.
  7. Investigate the pathways through which physical therapists may recommend diagnostic imaging and the issues surrounding physical therapists’ access to diagnostic imaging for their patients.

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