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Image Ordering for the Physical Therapist is a Course

Image Ordering for the Physical Therapist

Time limit: 30 days
2.0 credits


Full course description

Target Audience: Physical Therapists

This continuing education course is on-demand/self-paced, and must be completed within 30 days of registration. All content is available online - there are no synchronous sessions. Content consists of 4 Modules containing written and video instruction, case scenario practice activities, and a final quiz.

This course has been Approved by the APTA Utah (CEUL072254) 

Course Description:  

This course is designed to add understanding to the physical therapist in areas of radiation procedure basics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging basics and procedures, American College of Radiology appropriateness criteria, condition specific recommendations, and facilitates best practice in imaging of the body. The benefits, risks, and outcomes of adding imaging to a patient record will be examined.

With a change in the practice act in 2019 for PTs in Utah to be able to order X-ray and MRI for their patients, there is an immediate need to advance the training of the PTs locally in proper ordering of these imaging modalities. This will advance the practice of the physical therapist and advance the quality of healthcare delivery.

Learning Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Recommend appropriate imaging procedures to assist in the sustaining or rejection of a given diagnosis. 
  2. Make appropriate referral for Imaging based on ACR imaging guidelines
  3. Analyze benefits and potential risks of various diagnostic modalities, describing and discussing the options with a patient, to select the most appropriate imaging modality.
  4. Discuss exam findings with a radiologist utilizing appropriate terminology and imaging parameters. 


  Joel Tenbrink, PT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Tenbrink attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. He went on to Physical Therapy school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. While there, he practiced as an Athletic Trainer at Henry Sibley High School as well as the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Following Graduation, he took his first job in northwest Washington working in various practice settings including acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation, becoming the Center Coordinator of Clinic Education for Northwest Physical Therapy, working with PT and PTA Assistant students. He later accepted a position as clinic director at Ironwood Drive Physical Therapy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. While pursuing his PhD at the University of Idaho, he worked as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Athletic Training program. Joel became the Program Director of a developing consortium program of 4 colleges throughout Idaho providing a PTA program across most of the state. After completing his PhD, he joined the faculty of RMUoHP in January 2013 as Director of Clinical Education. He later accepted the position of Assistant Program Director.

Dr. Tenbrink is active in the IPPE committee, admissions and recruiting, and coordinating the adjunct faculty within the DPT program. He teaches the professionalism course and in the musculoskeletal course series.

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