Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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Mission Statement

  • The Imaging SIG is recognized as a leading authority in physical therapy imaging.
  • The SIG leads by:
    • Providing professional development
    • Sharing current information
    • Identifying opportunities for outreach and collaboration
    • Supporting practice and research initiatives


  • To be a valued resource for PTs involved with imaging.
  • The SIG serves:
    • Defining, communicating, and promoting the unique role of the PT in imaging
    • Identifying, sharing and supporting the evidence base in imaging PT
    • Providing opportunities for professional development and education
    • Monitors and infuences activities that may impact the use of imaging in physical therapy
    • Developing practice competencies
    • Fostering imaging curriculum in physical therapist education programs


The Registered Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) credential was first offered in 2012 by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Physical therapists have qualified to sit for the examination from the outset. In January 2015 the ARDMS announced it was creating a new credential the Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer (RMSKS). Physical therapists were no longer qualified to sit for the physician RMSK and were only eligible for the RMSKS credential. The Imaging Special Interest Group through the Orthopaedic Section and in coordination with APTA responded and asked the ARDMS to revisit their decision. Recently the ARDMS acknowledged the scope of practice of physical therapists better aligns with the physician RMSK credential and physical therapists will retain the RMSK and continue to qualify to sit for the RMSK. Additional information can be found at: www.ardms.org/get-certified/RMSK/Pages/musculoskeletal-sonography.aspx

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