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Physical Therapy

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Michael Ross


While many areas of healthcare are under review, the use of diagnostic imaging (e.g., radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography) is currently in the policy spotlight due to a dramatic increase in the use of these services. As the use of diagnostic imaging has increased, the costs associated with imaging have also grown dramatically; unfortunately, these trends have not been associated with improved patient outcomes. For physical therapists, a strong understanding of all aspects of diagnostic imaging is necessary and its use must be judicious and evidence-based. There have been recent changes in the physical therapy curricula and increased opportunities to utilize diagnostic imaging during clinical practice. However, few studies have described physical therapist education in the area of diagnostic imaging, as well as competence related to appropriate patient referral for diagnostic imaging. Therefore, this presentation will assess physical therapist education and knowledge regarding diagnostic imaging in clinical practice.