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

  • The ability to formulate a report based on image appearances
  • Undertaking exercises to help you understand the importance of anatomical insertion points
  • Reading extracts from texts and academic journals

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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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.