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X-ray interpretation

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for registered nurses who want to gain confidence and skills in interpreting X-rays.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member $187.50

RN non-member $219.50

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • discuss the fundamentals of radiography
  • review anatomy and anatomical structures on chest and abdominal radiographs
  • explain the principles of chest and abdominal radiographic assessment for nurses
  • examine the principles of orthopaedic fractures on X-rays
  • identify the safety issues of radiography.


Program outline




Welcome and introduction


Fundamentals of radiography

  • safety issues in radiography
  • radiographic densities
  • approach to evaluating chest films
  • signs of pathology


Morning tea


Chest radiography

  • practical session including:
    • heart failure
    • pneumonia
    • pneumothorax




Abdominal radiography

  • small/large bowel obstruction
  • ileus
  • volvulus
  • constipation
  • bowel perforation


Afternoon tea


Upper and lower limb radiography

  • requesting X-rays
  • understanding fractures
  • systematic approach to viewing X-rays
  • identifying fractures/dislocations
  • locating subtle fractures


Evaluation and finish