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Imaging Special Interest Group


  • 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

Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice

The Orthopaedic Sections Imaging Special Interest Group (I-SIG) has published a white paper on imaging in physical therapist practice. Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice describes the history and current status of imaging in physical therapist practice and advocates for expanded imaging privileges for physical therapists to benefit the individual health care consumer and society. This document is expected to serve as an impetus for multiple future policy and practice changes. The document is located in on the Orthopaedic Sections website on the Imaging SIGs page and is linked here for your convenience.  


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

Imaging Education Manual now available

The Imaging Education Manual has been created to facilitate the continued development of imaging instruction in physical therapist education and to heighten awareness among academic and clinical faculty of the legislative and regulatory issues the physical therapy profession is facing. The IEM provides resource information to assist faculty in curriculum planning and imaging instruction in both academic and clinical venues. The ultimate goal is that all physical therapist professional educational programs provide appropriate imaging education based on sound evidence, current APTA positions/policies, and projected future practice models as endorsed by the APTA Vision Statement and other association documents.

Click here to access this document and resource list.

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