Musculoskeletal Imaging | Centre for Veterinary Education

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Make the most of your imaging equipment to increase your diagnostic accuracy and confidence for every single case.

Musculoskeletal radiography may seem easy, but this comprehensive course will take your understanding of skeletal imaging and pathology to a new level.

As well as conventional radiography, we will introduce ultrasound, CT and MRI where appropriate, as these modalities are becoming increasingly critical for mapping disease processes and understanding abnormalities of the skeletal and nervous systems. CT, in particular, is useful for unravelling mysteries of structures with complex anatomy, such as the skull.

What your tutor has to say about the CVE's Musculoskeletal Imaging DE course:

Diagnostic Imaging Program

This course is part of our year-long Diagnostic Imaging Program which has been broken down into 3 more manageable parts: Abdominal, Musculoskeletal and Thoracic Imaging.

Each is a discrete unit on its own but together they form a formidable Imaging educational program. The introductory imaging module is completed only once when you enrol in the first unit; units may be completed in any order.

The other units are:

Is this course right for me?

Musculoskeletal Imaging is for you if you’re keen on:

  • Reviewing your knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and pathophysiology

  • Improving your ability to detect and diagnose osteochondral disease in the shoulder, stifle or tibiotarsal joint

  • Furthering your knowledge of developmental and degenerative types of orthopaedic disease

  • Improving your ability to differentiate benign from malignant bone and joint disease

  • Understanding the role alternate imaging modalities such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT and MRI can play in investigating elbow dysplasias, shoulder tendinopathies and complex traumas

Not convinced you need this course?


Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Improve your radiologic expertise as it applies to radiography of musculoskeletal structures

  • Increase your understanding of the comparative radiographic appearance of aggressive and benign bone disease

  • Be able to evaluate radiographic changes that involve joints of the axial and appendicular skeleton

  • Understand when advanced imaging studies such as CT and MRI are more useful than routine survey radiography


  1.  Compulsory Introductory Module*
  2. The Appendicular Skeleton

  3. The Axial Skeleton

  4. The Joints

*The introductory module is a pre-requirement for each imaging course (Thoracic, Abdominal, Musculoskeletal). If you complete the introductory module in one of the courses, you will not be required to complete it again should you register for one of the other imaging courses.

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images and videos

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutors

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies and technical skills. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutors

  • A 1 day workshop to put into practice the knowledge you have gained by working through case studies and technical skills 

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Distance Education

Tuesday 1 May - Friday 31 August 2018
1-Day Workshop
Delivered Online



Sarah Davies graduated from The University of Sydney in 2003. Following completion of small animal rotating internships in Adelaide (Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre) and at The Ohio State University (Veterinary Teaching Hospital) she completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA. Sarah now works in private practice with Graeme Allan and Robert Nicoll (Veterinary Imaging Associates). VIA provides a remote image interpretation and mobile imaging service to the Sydney area. Sarah has experience teaching undergraduate students at the University of Adelaide and has a particular interest in ultrasound, MRI and CT of musculoskeletal disease. Sarah is the tutor responsible for the CVE three module DE course in Musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging.

Course fees
Musculoskeletal Imaging – Member*$1,729$1,815$1,872
Musculoskeletal Imaging – Non-member / eMember$1,820$1,910$1,970
Compulsory imaging module – Member*$575$603$622
Compulsory imaging module – Non-member / eMember$605$635$655

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate and Academic members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.