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AR84 Developing your x-ray interpretation skills appendicular Red Dot

Course summary

This course is ideal for practitioners wanting to increase their knowledge and skills in X-ray interpretation of minor injuries to the level of Red Dot. It will help you and your practice/Dept 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.  

Who should attend?

Allied Health Professionals
Nurse Practitioners

Important notes

All course material, evaluations and certificate of attendance provided.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
2 day(s) 14 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 to the required level of Red Dot.
  • Increase confidence and structure to verbalising Image Appreciation in the clinical setting.

Course programme

  • Legal & professional issues.
  • Report Writing
  • 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.
  • History taking & mechanism of injury.
  • Red dot principles and history
  • Upper limb X-ray interpretation.
  • Impact of digital imaging on X-ray interpretation including imaging artefacts that mimic pathology.
  • X-Ray Modalities
  • X-ray referrals.
  • Lower limb X-ray interpretation - knee and proximal femur; ankle, tibia and fibula; foot and toes.
  • Pelvis & hip X-ray interpretation including proximal femur.
  • X-ray interpretation assessment - to Red dot level (Upper and Lower limb)
  • Review of assessment films.
  • Pitfalls and unusual cases.

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