Image Interpretation – Adult Skeleton (X-ray): Thoracic Spine – Session 1

This micro skills course will look at injuries related to the thoracic spine. It will focus on identifying anatomy demonstrated on both diagrams and radiographs, and offer examples of radiographic technique. Mechanisms of injury (MOI) will be discussed to develop a knowledge base in clinical presentations. Common fractures, dislocations, pathologies and normal variants found in the thoracic spine will be illustrated using radiographic examples.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
College of Radiographers

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Identify the anatomy of the thoracic spine on both diagram and radiograph
  3. Describe common mechanisms of injury related to the thoracic spine
  4. Review clinical presentations
    Assess radiographic technique
  5. Assess radiographs of the thoracic spine using a systematic approach
  6. Identify and accurately describe common fractures and dislocations
  7. Recognise common pathologies found in the thoracic spine, describe them accurately and know when to ask for a specialist (radiologist) opinion
  8. Describe normal variants which may be mistaken for a fracture or pathology

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.