PTs are finding innovative ways to use imaging.
Physical therapists have been using imaging in practice, research and education for decades, and advances in imaging technology such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging are opening even more possibilities.
It's clear that expanded ability for imaging in PT practice—an evolution supported by APTA at both the state and federal levels—will better inform patient management. Physical therapists need to be ready to take up imaging opportunities as they arise, and to do that, they need to have a solid understanding of the current field as well as emerging trends.
If you are interested in this topic, engage with APTA's Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science, and Technology Council.
Mar 1, 2022 / Article
Jan 31, 2019 / Resource
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Additional Imaging and Physical Therapy Content
Aug 28, 2023 / Resource
This resource was developed to help APTA state chapters advocate for explicit authority for physical therapists to order imaging for patients.
Jul 26, 2021 / Roundup
From better insurer responsiveness to direct access improvements, to breakthroughs on PT use of imaging, lots of state-level achievements.
Apr 12, 2021 /
Data indicate that PTs refer for imaging less often and use it more appropriately than other first-contact providers.
Oct 1, 2020 / Article
PTs are eligible for education and training toward becoming registered in musculoskeletal sonography.
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 patient care.
Nov 1, 2016 / Article
This guideline provides recommendations reated to the diagnostic utility of imaging for infants with suspected positional plagiocephaly.