Diagnostic Imaging of the Spine: Primary Care & Daily Decision-Making Part 2

Course: #3239Level: Intermediate2.5 Hours 77 Reviews
Recorded Webinar

These two 2-hour sessions will cover the indications for imaging and the interpretation of imaging results into the primary care physical therapy as well as daily decision making by physical therapists for those persons presenting with apparent neck and back pain clinical syndromes. The sessions will provide the essential information of physical therapist practice relating to imaging both present and in the future.

This course is part two of a two-part series. This course will cover an imaging, imaging specifics, and then imaging related to the thoracic and lumbar spine. This course is available in the following course: Series: Diagnostic Imaging of the Spine: Primary Care & Daily Decision-Making #3306.

Course created on November 19, 2018

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Course Type: Recorded Webinar

CEUs/Hours Offered: AK/2.5; AL/2.5; AR/2.5; AZ/2.5; CA/2.5; CO/2.5; CT/2.5; DE/2.5; GA/2.5; HI/2.5; IA/2.5; IACET/0.3; ID/2.5; IL/2.5; IN/2.5; KS/2.5; KY/2.5 Category 2; MA/2.5; ME/2.5; MI/2.5; MO/2.5; MS/2.5; MT/2.5; NC/2.5; ND/2.5; NE/2.5; NH/2.5; NY/2.5; OR/2.5; PA/2.5; RI/2.5; SC/2.5; SD/2.5; TN/2.5; TX/2.5; UT/2.5; VA/2.5; VT/2.5; WA/2.5; WI/2.5; WY/2.5

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkRecognize the attributes of patients particularly at risk for possible serious pathologies and requiring an increased index of suspicion for health conditions potentially beyond the scope of physical therapy care, including the need for imaging.
  • checkmarkDescribe how to integrate and weight imaging results and clinical examination findings toward achieving a physical therapy differential diagnosis or classification.
  • checkmarkList the properties of the commonly used imaging modalities (radiography, CT, MRI, bone scan, ultrasound) in detecting or ruling out particular disease processes and fractures in patients.
  • checkmarkRecognize incidental findings, anatomical variants, and lifespan phenomena often present on imaging and their relevance to clinical presentations and prevalence in asymptomatic individuals.
  • checkmarkDescribe how to access and utilize decision guidelines relevant to screening and imaging.


0-15 Minutes Background and review of learning outcomes
15-95 Minutes Thoracic & Lumbar Spine imaging to include: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, cancer, mechanical versus inflammatory low back pain, cauda equina syndrome, herniated nucleus pulposus & disc degeneration, instability, spondylolysis & spondylolisthesis, anatomical variants, spinal stenosis, insufficiency fractures & osteoporosis, sacral insufficiency fractures, spinal compression fractures, and bone density testing.
95-140 Minutes Imaging guidelines for low back pain
140-150 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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