Skeletal System Module

This self-paced, online learning course provides a grounding in medical diagnostic imaging concepts for  musculoskeletal trauma and pathology and includes the spine, upper and lower limb. 

Includes "Introduction to Medical Imaging" Course FREE!

New advanced practice opportunities are rapidly emerging for Physiotherapists in primary health care, emergency departments, orthopaedic and other medical specialties. Referral rights for imaging are also becoming more common in many health professions.

How will this course help?

This online learning program has been developed to prepare you to take on these evolving practice roles. It will provide others with a broader view of the use of medical imaging in clinical practice. 

About this course:

This self-paced, online learning course provides a grounding in medical diagnostic imaging concepts for the musculoskeletal system. It includes imaging for trauma and pathologic conditions affecting the spine, upper & lower limbs. 

Learning units in this course include:

•    Cervical, thoracic spine

•    Lumbar spine & pelvis

•    Lower Limb

•    Shoulder & Elbow

•    Forearm, Wrist & Hand. 

Each learning unit covers:

•    Common imaging investigations for each region: 

o    X-ray including common views & evaluation

o    Ultrasound scan

o    Magnetic resonance imaging

o    CT imaging

•    Imaging of musculoskeletal trauma

o    Fractures & dislocations

o    Complications

o    Tendon injury

o    Ligament injury

•    Common musculoskeletal pathologies

o    Tendon conditions

o    Neuropathies

o    Osteoarthritis

o    Tumours

o    Rheumatoid arthritis

o    Infections

•    Skeletal imaging guidelines & criteria

The online learning is supported by provision of clinical utilization guidelines & practice recommendations with downloadable reference sheets. 

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is open to Allied Health Professionals practicing in all areas of the health care system. Participants do not require prior experience in ordering medical imaging. 

Study time:

  • Introduction to Medical Imaging Course: 4 hours
  • Cervical & Thoracic Spine Course: 2 hours
  • Lumbar Spine & Pelvis Course: 2 hours
  • Lower Limb Course: 2.5 hours
  • Shoulder & Elbow Course: 2 hours
  • Forearm, Wrist & Hand Course: 1.5 hours

Information in this course should not replace imaging referral and practice guidelines available in your region.

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Dr Jack Miller

Dr. Miller completed his BSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. He then spent six years in New Zealand where he completed an advanced specialty Diploma of Manipulative Therapy. During this program he was directly mentored by both Robin McKenzie and Brian Mulligan. On returning to Canada he completed a Masters of Clinical Science at Western University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of St. Augustine. Jack has been the senior editor of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Journal, an executive member of the Orthopaedic Division of CPA, the President of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy and a member of the CPA Specialization accreditation committee. He currently works as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in the Toronto region.