APTA RI Basics of Musculoskeletal Radiology and Imaging Course

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Johnson and Wales
138 Matthewson St.
Academic Center Room 516


Contact Hours awarded


08:00-09:00   Course Welcome/ Radiological Ordering Resources for PTs/ Pre-test

09:00-10:00   Basics of Musculoskeletal Radiology

10:00-10:15   Break

10:15- 11:00  Radiographic Evaluation and Fractures

11:00-12:15   Imaging of the Extremities

12:15-12:45   Break

12:45-2:00     Imaging of the Spine

02:00-2:30     Post-Test/ Course Review



1)    Communicate effectively with other health care professionals about medical imaging generally and about specific findings from diagnostic imaging studies that impact patient management.

2)    Select appropriate diagnostic imaging based on American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria.

3)    Understand how to write a radiographic referral.

4)    Integrate the information available through conventional radiography with other sources of information to aid in the management of patients.

5)    Perform basic evaluation of plain film musculoskeletal radiographs that includes region and view, and assessment of alignment, bone, cartilage and soft tissues.

6)    Make appropriate suggestions about choosing imaging studies that may be beneficial for patient diagnosis and intervention.


Location: Johnson & Wales University

                 Details on parking and room location will be provided closer to the date.


Speaker: Justin Z. Laferrier PT, PhD, NCS, OCS, SCS, ATP, CSCS, AIB-VR 

Justin Z. Laferrier PT, PhD, NCS, OCS, SCS, ATP, CSCS, AIB-VR is the Associate Director and Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Johnson & Wales University where his academic focus and expertise is in Biomechanics, Amputation and Poly-trauma rehabilitation, Adaptive Sport, Exercise, and Recreation (SER), Rehabilitation Engineering, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and Diagnostic Imaging. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in Neurology, Orthopedics, and Sports from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a Certified Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Specialist in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American Institute of Balance (AIB). 

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and psychology, an MSPT in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in rehabilitation science and technology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Laferrier is a veteran of the US Marines and US Army and while in the Army served as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of physical therapy for the polytrauma and amputee Centers for Excellence in Washington D.C. and San Antonio TX. He has worked all over the world evaluating and treating some of the most severe and complex conditions found today. He currently sees patients in addition to his academic duties at Johnson & Wales University. His scholarly products include peer-reviewed publications, national and international presentations, and book chapters.



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