The second in a two-part series, this webinar focuses on the use of medical imaging in physical therapy practice. This presentation provides an introduction to neuromuscular imaging applications in geriatric physical therapy. This course will cover basic concepts of imaging for neurologic conditions that are pertinent to geriatric physical therapy practice, with the focus on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The course will also discuss role of imaging in analysis of patient’s clinical presentation and to incorporate the information to guide physical therapy patient management of an older adult with neurological conditions.
(1) Describe basic concepts and principles of neurological image acquisition and interpretation.
(2) Identify normal and abnormal anatomy on CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
(3) Discuss role of imaging in clinical analysis of patient presentation
(4) Incorporate imaging information for clinical decision making related to Physical Therapy examination and intervention selection.
Preeti Deshpande Oza, PT, PhD is Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at University of the Pacific, Stockton CA. She graduated from University of Mumbai, India with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physiotherapy and from The University of Iowa with PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. She continues to work with individuals with neurological conditions and is a clinical mentor to physical therapy residents in Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. Her current areas of research include teaching and learning, and exercise programs for individuals with neurologic disorders. Dr. Oza is also engaged in community exercise programs such as Matter of Balance, to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.