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02 June 2011

Sessions covering image interpretation of the paediatric skeleton are the latest update to the Image Interpretation e-learning programme.

This addition follows an announcement by Philips Healthcare that the content will be available to clinicians outside the NHS for the first time. NHS staff are able to access the e-learning for free, 24 hours a day, in and away from the workplace.

The latest sessions covering image interpretation of the paediatric skeleton, including non-accidental injury, join a steadily growing range of adult and paediatric skeleton e-learning resources.

The 40 new paediatric sessions are designed to provide support to radiographers needing to provide initial reports on images, as well as giving assistance to medical and nursing staff to understand the x-ray appearances of children needing immediate care or intervention.

“Healthcare staff will find the sessions invaluable as a tool to assist them to understand the wide ranging and complex appearances of both normal images and those showing pathology,” commented Dorothy Keane, the programme’s clinical project lead.

Audrey Paterson, the College of Radiographers’ director of professional policy, said “The Image Interpretation programme is a growing resource that radiographers and others can go back to time and time again. The initiative accords with the College of Radiographer’s ambition that all patients should receive at least an initial report of their imaging investigation at the time of the examination.”

Image Interpretation has been developed by the College in partnership with Department of Health e-Learning for Healthcare. The e-learning sessions have been written and reviewed by radiologists and senior practitioners. Sessions include the relevant anatomy, clinical presentations and pathology.

Adult and paediatric abdomen, paediatric chest, cross-sectional imaging of the head, and forensic imaging sessions are currently under development.

NHS staff can access the e-learning at

Other practitioners should go to the Philips Learning Centre at

e-Learning for Healthcare is a Department of Health programme working in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to deliver high quality e-learning content for the training of the healthcare workforce across the UK.

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