Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Conditions: Choosing the Right Imaging Modality

Tuition: $69
Hours: 3


Course Description

This three (3) hour course focuses on the current uses of imaging modalities in clinical practice. In conjunction with a focused history and physical examination, imaging studies play an important role in accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of patients. The learner will attain knowledge of injuries that require acute surgical management and conditions in which conservative management can be attempted. In this course, the learner will understand how to apply best practices evidence in the selection and acquisition of diagnostic imaging. The learner will improve their knowledge of imaging protocol and their ability to perform a targeted diagnostic approach when interpreting radiographic studies. The learner will understand the next line of imaging, when needed, with emphasis on when to order and what to order. Indications and contraindications of imaging modalities will be discussed with an emphasis on appropriate imaging decisions. Learners will acquire knowledge that will prevent overuse of musculoskeletal imaging, reduce diagnostic errors, and provide the appropriate clinical context to the pathology revealed by these modalities. Clinical cases will be used as a basis to explore when and what diagnostic imaging studies yield the most appropriate outcomes.

In this course, PowerPoint presentations and short videos will be augmented by case studies and additional reading resources.


The content of this course is provided through video recordings and some online reading material in which the learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. A minimum of three hours is required. There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class. The learner must receive a score of 80% of the total possible points and log at least three hours to receive credit for the course. Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.

No textbooks required. Computer and Internet service required for completion of this course. Funding sources and potential conflicts of interest statement: No funds were received, underwritten or subsidized by any vendors of any goods including supplies or services for this course.


Hour 1
Topic:  The Shoulder Regions
Objectives - Attain knowledge of clinical indications for shoulder imaging; understanding the advantages and disadvantages of shoulder imaging modalities; understanding the initial imaging selection for specific clinical scenarios affecting the shoulder region.
Hour 2
Topic:  The Elbow, Wrist and Hand Regions
Objectives - Attain knowledge of clinical indications for elbow and wrist/hand imaging; understanding the advantages and disadvantages of elbow and wrist/hand imaging modalities; understanding the initial imaging selection for specific clinical scenarios affecting the elbow, wrist, and hand regions.
Hour 3
Topic:  Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Case
Objectives - Improve skills in interpreting radiographic studies image and be able to generate case-related diagnoses and develop case-management decisions.
see below for course objectives


  • Improve knowledge of clinical indications for imaging.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of key imaging modalities.
  • Understand initial imaging selection and when to order the next best imaging modality when clinically indicated.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the imaging protocol for each region of the spine and appendicular skeleton.
  • Be able to identify normal CT and MR imaging anatomy in key regions.
  • Develop proficiency in specification and use of appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities.
  • Improve skills in interpreting radiographic images.
  • Be able to generate case-related diagnoses and develop case-management decisions.


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