Physical therapists have been using imaging in practice, research and education for decades. Recent advances in imaging technology such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging has opened new opportunities to further incorporate imaging to physical therapist practice, research and education. Ultrasound has moved from the radiology suite to the point-of-care and into the hands of physical therapists. Physical therapists are finding new and innovative way to use imaging. The goal of this site is to highlight all expanding possibilities of imaging with physical therapy to evaluate and manage injury and disease and study human movement. Expanding the knowledge and availability of imaging in physical therapist practice will better inform patient management. This website is a resource for clinicians, students, clients, caregivers, and researchers to stay current on the emerging trends and uses of imaging in physical therapy.
The resources below are intended to help provide background information to this emerging field that is relevant to physical therapist practice. More content will be posted here as it becomes available. If you have any questions or suggestions for this webpage, please email the Practice Department.
Imaging and the FiRST Council
Imaging is part of APTA's Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FiRST) Council. FiRST grew out of identification of high priority areas to advance science and innovation that our profession needs to understand and incorporate into our practice, education, and research.
FiRST is intended to serve as a community for interested stakeholders. Ideas generated by the council may be implemented by participants' stakeholder groups (sections, academies, external groups, APTA, etc) at the discretion of each entity's governing body.
Progress For PTs Doing Imaging
Charles Hazle, PT, PhD, describes recent progress for physical therapists related to payment for sonography-related services. Listen to the podcast.