Skip to main content

Listening Time — 16:54

In this conversation with Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, Dr. Keil notes that the evidence supporting direct access is now clear and that data indicate that physical therapists refer for imaging less often and use it more appropriately than other first-contact providers.

Read the article

Why, then, are physical therapists lagging behind their military and European counterparts in terms of patient direct referral for diagnostic imaging? The author shares his insights on this and other issues, such as the importance of communication of results and the added professional obligations that accompany referral for imaging. Dr. Keil is coauthor of the Perspective titled "Referral for Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice: Key Recommendations for Successful Implementation."

Your Podcasters

  • Author Dr. Aaron Keil
  • PTJ Editor in Chief Alan Jette, PT

You Might Also Like...


Ordering of Diagnostic Imaging by PTs: A Practice Analysis - PTJ

Aug 9, 2019

As more PTs transition into direct access roles, it seems prudent to consider how additional resources common to other first-contact providers might impact


Progress for PTs Doing Imaging

Mar 19, 2018

At CSM 2018, Charles Hazle, PT, PhD, describes recent progress for physical therapists related to payment for sonography-related services.