Imaging SIG Scholarship

Imaging SIG Scholarship

This scholarship/award, available through the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Imaging Special Interest Group (SIG), will advance the appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural imaging in Physical Therapy research and practice. Diagnostic and procedural imaging privileges have been an important part of physical therapist practice in in many countries throughout the world and select sectors of the US. The APTA is currently charged with establishing a vision of imaging as an integral part of clinical practice on a much broader scope in the future. The Imaging Special Interest Group seeks to support education and practice toward this vision by offering its support through a scholarship. Deadline for submission: November 1st.

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The Purpose of the Scholarship is to:

  1. Highlight appropriate, timely, and/or novel use of diagnostic and procedural imaging in physical therapy, including radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone scintigraphy, dual x-ray absorptiometry, and ultrasonography
  2. Promote timely communication of diagnostic and procedural imaging evidence-based Physical Therapy practice and research.
  3. Encourage best practices, with respect to the use of imaging modalities, in Physical Therapy diagnosis, treatment planning, and outcome assessment.
  4. Recognize the physical therapist student, clinician, or researcher who has made or is making a contribution to the use of imaging by physical therapists.


  1. Members and student members of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  2. Accepted Combined Section Meeting poster or platform presentation
  3. Imaging must be a significant component of the study
  4. Study type may include prospective or retrospective:
    • Case reports as defined in PTJ
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Epidemiology
    • Outcome measures
    • Natural history and progression
    • Comparative effectiveness
    • Biological mechanisms in Physical Therapy
  5. Any work that has been presented at a national/international conference or has previously been accepted for publication/published is excluded.

Nominations may be made by authors of the study or Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy members.
A committee will evaluate the nominees by the following criteria:

  • Significance, importance and impact on PT practice, research or health care systems
  • Uniqueness of the knowledge, application, or decision-making information
  • Scientific method (e.g. sample size, research design)
  • Academic quality of the abstract

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