EIM’s Radiology/Musculoskeletal Imaging course encompasses the essentials of musculoskeletal radiology and other common imaging modalities such as MRI, CT, musculoskeletal ultrasound, Bone Scans, and DEXA Scans. This course helps participants’ confidence grow in the areas of common radiographic views, radiographic presentation of common musculoskeletal conditions, and communicating with patients how their diagnostic imaging results relate to their current problem.


Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, developed this course in a modular, web-based format using the Moodle Learning Management System. The course is interactive and media-rich to help make the e-learning environment both engaging and convenient for the participant. Learning activities will focus on a series of online presentations, web-based tutorials, journal articles, and case scenarios to present a regional approach to the use and role of diagnostic imaging in physical therapy clinical practice. Weekly online quizzes are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning.

Successful completion of this course requires a final passing grade of 80% on all learning activities. The course is 6 weeks, faculty driven, and offered specific times in the year.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists.

Credits: 30 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency and Transition DPT programs (EIM R107; 2 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: This is an online course.


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Engage in the diagnostic process using musculoskeletal imaging procedures when appropriate to establish differential diagnoses across systems and across the lifespan.
  2. Determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal imaging procedure according to the patient/client presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
  3. Determine the most appropriate radiographic views according to patient/client presentation, current best evidence for diagnosis, and current best evidence for reducing ionizing radiation exposure.
  4. Describe a systematic approach to the analysis of plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone scans, and computed tomography and determine the relevance of visualized pathology to clinical decision-making.
  5. Use evidence-based diagnostic imaging procedures as appropriate to help determine the patient/client who would benefit from physical therapy interventions and the patient/client who requires referral for medical services.
  6. Review diagnostic test studies on musculoskeletal imaging according to evidence-based criteria for validity, including an explanation of radiographic clinical decision rules for orthopedic pathology related to the spine and extremities.
  7. Understand basic concepts of musculoskeletal image acquisition and interpretation.
  8. Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and common pathology on musculoskeletal images to facilitate diagnostic accuracy and appropriate intervention strategies and forces.
  9. Effectively educate patients and clients regarding their diagnostic imaging results.  Formulate an enhanced working vocabulary of diagnostic and musculoskeletal imaging terminology and appropriately communicate with other medical professionals using the language of diagnostic imaging.

Most importantly, you will be able to apply the evidence to your clinical practice immediately!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.