IH71 Developing your limb x-ray interpretation skills
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.
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.
- 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.