Traditionally the responsibility for interpreting radiographic images within an accident and emergency environment has been with medical clinicians. However, government supported expansion of the nursing role and that of diagnostic radiographers has begun to breakdown the traditional barriers of professional practice with both these groups and others now interpreting radiographic examinations as part of their normal working practice.
This course will introduce the concepts that underpin the evaluation and analysis of and develop the cognitive skills required to extract the pertinent information from radiographic images. An emphasis will be placed on those radiographic examinations typically encountered in a minor injuries unit. Discussion of common incidental findings such as pre-existing DJD and underlying processes, which might influence the presentation of an injury, is of clinical relevance and will be examined where appropriate.