Short course

Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton

Online course details


£150 (includes VAT)

Next course date

Open now


5 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

25 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Image analysis is becoming a skill used by a range of allied healthcare professions outside of the radiology department and for radiographers there is a move within imaging departments to replace the old ‘red dot’ system with radiographic commenting.

This self-guided course offers a practical introduction or a useful refresher of knowledge, of the analysis of radiographic images by assimilating information and formulating clinical opinion through diagnostic reasoning and interpretation of radiographic appearances.

The outcomes of this course have been considered to ensure that you develop and enhance your skills in the radiographic image interpretation of the upper and lower limb as well as your competency in evaluating and analysing radiographic appearances. This course will not enable you to formally report upon images. Reporting of radiographic images is beyond the remit of this course as this requires intensive training and legally cannot be undertaken by anyone not formally trained to do so. You must work within your scope of practice and abide by any professional and regulatory requirements.

95%agree that the course content and resources are interestingShort Course Experience Survey 2021
97%agree that the course is relevant to personal or professional developmentShort Course Experience Survey 2021

Who is the course for?

Though open to anyone, this short course is ideally suited to radiographers and Allied Health Professional’s (AHP) who work with radiographs and would like to improve their image viewing skills. It will be of particular interest to people in roles such as:

This professional development course will provide you with:

"Comprehensive cover of the appendicular skeleton, with points for terminology if reporting. Lots of images. Repetition of important points."

Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton feedback, from the Short Course Experience Survey 2021

Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve a well-rounded knowledge of the appendicular skeleton.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

We are proud that our online course has been endorsed by CPD Now, the College of Radiographers.

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An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 5 units, each will require approximately 5 hours of study.

Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

The unit introduces you to the systematic approach used to analyse images, by considering how to apply the image viewing system to the lower limbs and the importance of radiographic positioning. You also look at common osteology of the lower limb.

This unit focuses on the upper limb consisting of the: shoulder, humerus, elbow, radius and ulna, wrists, scaphoid, hand, fingers and thumb. You will apply the Adequacy, Alignment, Bones, Cartilage and Joints, Soft (AABCS) system covered in the first unit to this anatomical area.

In this unit you will focus on the lower limb consisting of the: Femur, Knee, Tibia and Fibula, Ankle, Calcaneum, Foot and Toes. You will apply the Adequacy, Alignment, Bones, Cartilage and Joints, Soft (AABCS) system covered earlier to this anatomical area.

In this unit you will look at the paediatrics of the upper and lower limb. The unit focuses on the paediatric normal appearances of the skeleton and how to apply an image analysis system to these patients.

The unit looks more closely at non-trauma pathologies that typically present in plain film imaging of the appendicular skeleton. You will evaluate the common pathologies associated with the adult skeleton and discuss the importance of using Adequacy, Alignment, Bones, Cartilage and Joints, Soft Tissue (AABCS) system when reviewing non-trauma images.

Learning outcomes


This learner led course is open for continuous enrolment, which means it can be studied at any time and delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your studies around work and family commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.

Fees and funding

Fee: £150 (includes VAT)

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

All of our short courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Alexandra Partner
Course author

Alexandra is the Assistant Discipline Lead for Diagnostic Imaging, Operating Department Practice and Osteopathy. 

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