Image Interpretation of the Lumbar Spine

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What you will learn

Course description: 

This session will look at injuries related to the lumbar spine. It will focus on identifying anatomy demonstrated on both diagrams and x-rays, and offer examples of radiographic technique. Mechanisms of injury will be discussed to develop a knowledge base in clinical presentations. Common fractures, dislocations, pathologies and normal variants found in the lumbar spine will be illustrated using x-ray examples.

Course objectives: 

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the anatomy of the lumbar spine on both diagram and x-ray
  • Describe common mechanisms of injury related to the lumbar spine
  • Review clinical presentations
  • Assess radiographic technique
  • Assess x-rays of the lumbar spine using a systematic approach
  • Identify and accurately describe common fractures and dislocations
  • Recognise common pathologies found in the lumbar spine, describe them accurately and know when to ask for a specialist (radiologist) opinion
  • Describe normal variants which may be mistaken for a fracture or pathology
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

CoR - College of Radiographers

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