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IH71 Developing your limb x-ray interpretation skills

Course summary

This course is ideal for practitioners with little or no experience in X-ray interpretation of minor injuries and those wanting to review their interpretation skills. It will help you and your practice give a more comprehensive service to your patients. The programme will provide a mix of theory and practice: linking patient presentation with underlying anatomy and radiographic principles.  
History taking & mechanism of injury will be taught throughout the course.

Important notes

Includes all course equipment, evaluations and certificate of attendance.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
2 day(s) 16 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Be able to integrate the basic anatomy of upper limb, lower limb and pelvis & hip with history taking, mechanism of injury and clinical assessment skills in relation to radiological referral.
  • Make appropriate referrals for x-ray.
  • Develop a systematic approach to x-ray interpretation.

Course programme

  • Legal & professional issues including Red Dot/Red Star.
  • Principles of normal and abnormal appearances of bone, soft tissues and joints on X-rays.
  • Introduction to bone tumours and other pathological processes affecting bone.
  • Physiology of bone growth and fracture repair including untreated fractures.
  • Fracture classification and description including the juvenile Salter & Harris classification.
  • ABCs - principles of systematic X-ray interpretation.
  • X-ray referrals.
  • Clinical examination of limbs.
  • Upper limb X-ray interpretation.
  • Lower limb X-ray interpretation – knee and proximal femur; ankle, tibia and fibula; foot and toes.
  • Pitfalls and unusual cases
  • X-ray interpretation quiz
  • Assessment of facial injuries including onward referrals for X-rays

NB- course attendees are encouraged to bring interesting/unusual/difficult X-ray films for discussion.

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