Advanced Imaging for Patients With Back Pain and Back-related Pain: The Use of Evidence-based Guidelines

This webcast will discuss spine imaging guidelines that are found in the National Guidelines Clearinghouse—the official database of health care guidelines maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Indications for imaging (with an emphasis on advanced imaging) for various neck and low back conditions will be reviewed. The appropriate timing and indications for follow-up studies will also be discussed, including when contrast enhanced imaging should be considered. The activity will conclude with the presentation of some pertinent case studies.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to          

  • Recognize the importance of applying evidence-based guidelines for the use of advanced imaging in patients with back and back-related pain
  • State the appropriate timing for the use of advanced imaging in this patient population
  • Identify appropriate imaging type for use in patients with back and back-related pain

Dr. FridingerSteve Fridinger, DC, DACBR
Chiropractic Radiologist
Consulting Radiologists Ltd.
Edina, MN


About the Presenter
Steve Fridinger, DC, DACBR, joined Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. (CRL) as a Chiropractic Radiologist in 2003. Dr. Fridinger reads plain films and advanced imaging of chiropractic patients who come to one of CRL’s outpatient centers in Edina or Plymouth as well as for a number of Allina Health Clinics, and outstate clinics in St. Peter, Crookston and Grand Marias. He also reads films for chiropractors who take films in their own offices. In addition to film interpretation, Dr. Fridinger regularly consults with physicians on the appropriateness and indications of imaging and when and what to order when imaging is indicated.

After completing his radiology residency in 2001 and before joining CRL, Dr. Fridinger was part of the Chiropractic Research Department at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Fridinger has also been part of the Associate Clinical Faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University where he has lectured to upper classmen about advanced imaging.

Dr. Fridinger has also done numerous lectures on imaging for various chiropractic groups and organizations including the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, The WCA Foundation, OptumHealth, and Allina.

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Accreditation Statement
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements. This activity is not accredited for continuing education units.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for physical health care providers, including chiropractors and physical therapists, who have an interest in topics relevant to back pain and back-related pain.

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