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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.

Course programme

  • 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.

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IH71 Developing your limb x-ray interpretation skills

Course summary

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.

Who should attend?

Nurse Practitioners
Allied Health Professionals

Important notes

Includes all course equipment, evaluations and certificate of attendance.


Course duration Course CPD In-House Course
2 day(s) 16 hour(s) £POA

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