Physical Therapist’s Knowledge and Use of Medical Imaging in Clinical Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Physical Therapist’s Knowledge


  • . Quratulain Latrobe University Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • Mamoona Tasleem Afzal Institute of Rehabilitation Science, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Aqeel Aslam Muhammad Dental College, Mirpur Khas, Pakistan
  • Shanzay Wajid Afro Asian Institute Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sairish Sairien Institute of Rehabilitation Science, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Amina Mehak Hasnat Faisal Institute of Health Sciences, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Kashif Riphah College of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Sciences, Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Tamjeed Ghaffar Faculty of Medical Sciences, GC University Faisalabad, Pakistan



Medical Imaging, Knowledge, Physical Therapist, Clinical Practice


Medical imaging plays an important and vital role in diagnosis and management of intervention during clinical practice. The ability to refer patients directly for diagnostic imaging could promote more efficient delivery of care. This study focuses on the confidence of the therapist to interpret diagnostic imaging and also how often do they refer for medical imaging. Objective: The aim of the current study was to measure the physical therapist’s knowledge and use of medical imaging in their clinical practice. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study and was conducted in Faisalabad in which 100 practicing physical therapists filled self-constructed questionnaire. SPSS 20 sheet for statistical analysis. Results: According to results 92.8% Therapists reported that they find significant for Medical Imaging in making clinical diagnosis, 90.1% Therapists reported that Medical Imaging is included in clinical diagnosis. Ninty six Therapists reported that no extra certifications for Medical Imaging is needed and 29.7% reported that they attended Continuous Professional Development (C.P.D) Programs Half of the Therapists said that their Source of knowledge on Medical Imaging is academic program and other half said that their knowledge is job exposure. Conclusions: This study concluded that Therapists find Medical Imaging significant in making clinical diagnoses. The majority of therapists indicated that they did not need additional Medical Imaging certifications. Half of the therapists said their main source of knowledge about Medical Imaging was academic programs, while the other half said job exposure.


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DOI: 10.54393/pjhs.v4i10.1051
Published: 2023-10-31

How to Cite

Quratulain, ., Afzal, M. T., Aslam, M. A., Wajid, S., Sairien, S., Hasnat, A. M., Kashif, M., & Ghaffar, T. (2023). Physical Therapist’s Knowledge and Use of Medical Imaging in Clinical Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey: Physical Therapist’s Knowledge. Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences, 4(10), 218–222.



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