As diagnostic imaging plays an important role in forming a differential diagnosis of many musculoskeletal conditions, therapists assuming a greater role in direct access care of patients need a better understanding of this specialty.

This course is designed to familiarize the therapist with the different types of diagnostic imaging, how to review imaging studies and reports the patient may bring to the clinic, and the indications for ordering diagnostic studies. The instructional format for this course will be a combination of lecture and case study.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • understand the origin of the specialty of radiology
  • identify the order of radiodensity of tissue for x-ray image production
  • understand how a plane film x-ray, CT, bone and SPECT scan, ultrasound, and MRI image is produced
  • identify the criteria for ordering plain x-ray studies of the ankle, knee, and cervical spine
  • identify the indications for ordering MRI, CT, or x-ray studies of the lumbar spine
  • understand the rationale and purpose of the different views for x-ray and MRI studies
  • demonstrate properly how to place films on a view box for viewing
  • identify pathological processes on MRI for the spine, shoulder, knee, hand, foot/ankle
  • identify signs of fracture on plane x-ray
  • identify signs of pathology on bone and SPECT scans

CE Credits

7.5 contact hours

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 7.5 contact hours.

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards


7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-8:30 Introduction – history of radiology
8:30-9:00 Image production
9:00-9:30 Plain film radiology
9:30-10:00 Fracture anatomy and physiology
10:00-10:30 Region specific plain film studies
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Contrast studies
11:15-11:45 Tomography
11:45-12:00 Bone scan (scintigraphy)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:20 Ultrasonography
1:20-2:20 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
2:20-2:45 Advanced nuclear imaging (SPECT & PET)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Indications for ordering studies
3:45-4:45 Case Studies and review
4:45-5:00 Q&A

ButlertMark W. Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and Mckenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. He started his own practice eighteen months after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of Science in Philadelphia), which he sold to NovaCare in 1997.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMDNJ, guest lecturer at Stockton College in New Jersey, and Medical College of Virginia where he lectures on Advanced Orthopedics, Neural Mobilization, Radiology, and Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ Disorders. Mark is also a continuing education speaker on Evaluation and Treatment of Brachial Plexopathies, Neural Mobilization, the lumbar spine, and the shoulder. He was honored in 2006 with the James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the APTAnj.

He presented at the national conference in Hollywood of the American Society of Hand Therapists on Evaluation and Treatment of the Brachial Plexopathy Patient. His lecture series was selected as the featured topic on CD ROM to be available to the ASHT membership.

Mark is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the APTAnj annual conference, the InNovations and Sports Medicine conferences at the Philadelphia Eagles Complex, and the Cincinnati Fracture conference. He authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity, which was published in 2014.

Mark continues to manage the NovaCare Medford outpatient clinic, where the majority of his caseload is brachial plexopathy, shoulder, and spine patients.

Classes taught by Mark W. Butler:


Note: Early Bird rates are in effect if your application is postmarked four weeks or more prior to registration.Early Bird RateLate Registration Rate
Musculoskeletal Imaging for the Physical and Occupational Therapist$249.00$299.00

Dates & Locations

There are currently no scheduled workshops at this time.

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