Online | 8 weeks | 2 Credit Hours
In your physical therapy practice, the use of medical imaging equipment and procedures are valuable tools. Explore the benefits of integrating diagnostic imaging technology to help with the examination, evaluation, and diagnosis of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions.
The field of radiology has evolved since its inception more than a century ago. You'll gain an appreciation for the history of the field, and how medical imaging can give you a more comprehensive understanding of your patients' health.
From interventional radiography and conventional radiography to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT), diagnostic tools have different purposes and you'll compare their clinical capabilities and limitations. In doing so, you'll explore how diagnostic imaging is used to detect and evaluate fractures, their unique patterns, and healing progress.
The presence of stroke/cerebrovascular accident (CVA) may be diagnosed using MRI and/or CT. You'll apply examples of Clinical Decision Rules (CDRs) and how they may be used in clinical decision-making for acute stroke. These rules also provide guidance for clinical decision-making for imaging and intervention of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
Focusing on the three areas of the spine—cervical, dorsal, and lumbar—you'll consider the clinical impact of using common imaging technologies and image-guided interventional procedures. You'll gain experience interpreting these images to detect indications of trauma, common injury patterns, degenerative disease processes, and anomalies of the various parts of the body.