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Medical Imaging for Physical Therapy Clinicians

Course Description

This is a two day course focused on a practical approach to understanding the basic production, evaluation and integration of medical imaging. The course will address the foundation of imaging: x-rays, bone scans, MRI, & CT. The focus of the course is on understanding the standard x-ray films series for the spine and extremity joints with specific applications of bone scan and MRI. It employs a systematic, practical approach and calls for class participation in the analysis of some films. Participants are encouraged to bring personal images for review on the breaks and, if applicable, integration into the presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • By completing this course you will be able to:
  1. Understand the science behind the generation of x-rays, bone scans and MRI.
  2. Be able to name the standard film series for the cervical, lumbar spine and extremities and the major extremity joints and bones.
  3. Identify the more common bony pathologies of the cervical and lumbar spine and extremities.
  4. Demonstrate the standard MRI slices and techniques for evaluation of the knee.
  5. Identify the more common pathologies found on an MRI of the Knee and spine and identify the slices that are used to visualize these structures and diagnostic criteria for these diagnoses.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to identify specific levels in the spine on X-Ray and MRI and describe significant changes in the bones and cartilages compared to normal film or scan. 
  7. Utilize correct professional and anatomical terminology when discussing images.


Jim Swain, MPT is co-author of Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists. Jim is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, ID and adjunct faculty at Columbia University, Idaho State University, Pacific University, and the University of Montana. Jim has published and presented extensively on this subject.


  • Providence/Swedish Employees- $200
  • Non-Providence/Swedish Employees- $400

Course Information

  • May 14 - 15, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 14 Contact Hours
  • Appropriate Audience: PT, PTA, OTR, COTA
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital
    410 Lilly Rd NE
    Room 200
    Olympia, WA 98506


David Howell, OTR/L, Rehab Education Manager

Registration Instructions:

Register Online or contact David Howell at david.howell@providence.org