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Courses In Radiology
Obtain a thorough understanding of imaging techniques and image interpretation with these courses taught by Susan Vlasuk, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.
  Digital Radiography Decision Making
Length
1 hour

Fee
$25.00
Have you been thinking about switching to a digital x-ray system but aren't sure if it's the right decision for your practice? Let Dr. Vlasuk take you through the points you need to consider, one by one. You'll learn about the different types of digital systems - DR, CCD, and CR. You'll also see examples of how digital imaging allows you to make immediate adjustments to exposures, giving you fine control over factors such as darkness and gray scale within a given image. Dr. Vlasuk covers the many advantages of a digital system that will save you and your staff time, space, and yes, even money! Not all digital systems are created equal. Learn what to watch out for before you buy!
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 1: Intro and Spine
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
This course is the first unit of an 18-1/2 hour series teaching you how to be better, faster, and more efficient at x-ray interpretation and reporting! Unit 1 covers introductory concepts, using nearly 200 images to convey important topics regarding search pattern and things to look for in each spinal region. Subtleties in patient positioning and special helpful views are also discussed. Taking this unit will prepare you for the units that follow in the Radiology Search & Rescue series - an extremely detailed course in everything you need to search all of your radiographs and manage all of your radiographic concerns!
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 2a - Thoracic Extraspinal Findings
Length
1 hour

Fee
$25.00
In this second hour Dr. Vlasuk tackles those sometimes confusing extraspinal findings that show up incidentally on spine x-rays. A rapid search pattern for chest is presented that ensures automatic attention to all necessary structures so that nothing out there beside the spine is missed. Confusing findings and normal variants are discussed, along with how to best visualize ribs on x-ray. Are those dense spots out there lateral to the spine dangerous?
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 2b - Extraspinal Thorax Abnormals
Length
1.5

Fee
$37.50
This chest follow-up unit surveys many abnormalities that could incidentally show up on a spine x-ray. Pneumothorax, pleural effusion, pulmonary edema, pneumonias, TB, and various cardiovascular conditions are discussed, along with lung masses, emphysema, inhalation disorders, and diaphragmatic hernias. Whether you have an interest in chest radiology, or whether you just want to improve your sensitivity to extraspinal findings in the thorax, this unit will definitely broaden your expertise.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 3 - Extraspinal Lumbar
Length
1 hour

Fee
$0.00
This helpful unit discusses the odd things that can sometimes show up in the extraspinal flank and pelvis soft tissues when a lumbar spine x-ray is produced. Dr. Vlasuk clearly shows what abdominal structures can and cannot be visualized via plain films, discussing normal organ contours and gas patterns. Various calcifications are shown, including stones, masses, and vascular abnormalities. You will feel very much more confident in reviewing your lumbar spine x-rays after completing this unit.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 4a - Upper Extremity Normals
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
Dr. Vlasuk continues the Search and Rescue series by guiding you through the upper extremities, covering helpful radiographic pointers and normal radiographic anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Useful supplemental projections are presented, along with a discussion of normal variants that may be encountered in the upper extremities. Increase your expertise on the upper extremity by completing this unit!
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 4b - Abnormal Shoulder
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
To help you expand your expertise on the shoulder, Dr. Vlasuk uses this unit to present some abnormalities of the shoulder that will help you improve your search skills. Trauma to the shoulder is discussed, along with various arthritides, tumors, and other conditions that may affect the shoulder. Rotator cuff syndrome is discussed, including what can be seen on plain films and what requires MRI. The basics of shoulder arthroplasty conclude this unit. All in all, this is a unit to make you feel much more confident about what you are seeing in the shoulder.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 4c - Abnormal Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
Concluding the upper extremities with abnormalities of the elbow, wrist, and hand, Dr. Vlasuk discusses trauma, arthritides, tumors, and other conditions affecting these regions. What is the “zone of vulnerability” in the wrist? Don’t miss the discussion of FOOSH injuries, especially those troublesome scaphoid injuries.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5a - Normal Hip
Length
1 hour

Fee
$25.00
Dr. Vlasuk brings the Search and Rescue series to the lower extremities. Beginning with the hip, she covers helpful radiographic pointers and normal radiographic anatomy, including a discussion of the normal femoroacetabular relationships. Useful supplemental projections are presented, along with a discussion of normal variants that may be encountered in the hip. Since the hip is the most common extremity joint to be included in spine films, this is an especially important region in which to improve your search skills.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5b - Lower Extremity Normal Knee, Ankle, and Foot
Length
1 hour

Fee
$25.00
To continue with the basics of the lower extremities, Dr. Vlasuk discusses normal radiographic anatomy and search pattern for the knee, ankle, and foot. Supplemental projections are included, as are normal variants. What’s a cyamella? See how an AP foot x-ray can be vastly improved.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5c - Abnormal Hip Part 1
Length
1 hour

Fee
$25.00
Now exploring the hip at a more comprehensive level, Dr. Vlasuk turns to some of the abnormalities of the hip, which require two units to cover. This first of the two units on hip abnormalities discusses developmental dysplasia of the hip, fractures of the pelvis and hip, hip dislocation, and two important conditions that affect youngsters, Perthe’s and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. You don’t want to miss the hints that are contained in this unit on how you can detect a subtle undisplaced hip fracture.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5d: Abnormal Hip - Part 2
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
Continuing with abnormalities of the hip, the various types of the arthritides are discussed. What’s a geode? Dr. Vlasuk provides an answer to why some hips wear out sooner than others. Tumors, Paget’s, and osteonecrosis are included, and a discussion of hip arthroplasty concludes the unit. You definitely don’t want to miss the invaluable material included in this unit about femoroacetabular impingement.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5e - Abnormal Knee
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
Moving on to abnormalities of the knee, Dr. Vlasuk discusses knee trauma, including repetitive microtrauma in youngsters. The various types of arthritis are covered. The knee is a busy region for tumors, and numerous examples are included, along with a discussion of differentiating benign from malignant. This unit helps you determine which knee conditions can be evaluated on plain films and which require MRI, and brief comments on knee MRI are included. The unit closes with a discussion on knee arthroplasty.
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 5f - Abnormal Ankle and Foot
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
The ankle and foot are busy regions for trauma. In this unit, Dr. Vlasuk provides in-depth coverage of such topics as Tillaux fractures, ankle inversion and eversion injuries, the Danis-Weber classification of malleolar fractures, plafond and pilon fractures, and osteochondral defects.
Moving on to the foot, you'll learn about various forms of foot trauma, such as the Lisfranc fracture. Tumors and arthritides of the ankle and foot are also thoroughly covered. This unit utilizes over 200 radiographic images and illustrations to convey everything you need to feel a new level of mastery when acquiring and interpreting radiographs of the ankle and foot!
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 1 - Radiographic Density
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this first unit, Dr. Vlasuk will guide you through such topics as mAs and its role in density, factors that make your x-rays too dark or too light, safelight test procedures, and a thorough discussion of the Heel effect and compensating filters. She also discusses full-spine x-rays, recumbent versus upright films, and delivers an excellent discussion of how to tactfully deal with obese patients who perhaps cannot be adequately x-rayed in your facility.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 2 - Scale of Contrast
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this unit, Dr. Vlasuk examines scale of contrast and its crucial role in making your films as good as they can possibly be. Learn from her as she teaches such concepts as controlling grayscale, the role of mAs and kV in radiographic contrast, and radiation dose in relation to kV and mAs. Dr. Vlasuk makes technical theory easy to remember with colorful demonstrations and analogies regarding the mAs electron cloud, x-ray energy production being likened to shattering glass through a cyclone fence, and the fact that scale of contrast is a teeter-totter relationship between mAs and kV. Anatomic programming, exposure calculators, and artful modifications of exposure settings are topics also covered in this information-packed presentation.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 3 - Radiographic Definition
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In Unit 3, Dr. Vlasuk covers the topics affecting definition in your films. The bucky and grid and the factors affecting their performance are reviewed, along with the subjects of collimation and limiting patient motion. Dr. Vlasuk presents a very thorough discussion of film/screen combinations and their role in radiographic definition. As with her other presentations, Dr. Vlasuk includes many comparison films of good and bad examples of the subject at hand.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 4 - Radiographic Distortion
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
Unit 4 of this series thoroughly discusses radiographic distortion, its causes, and its cures. Dr. Vlasuk starts with a discussion of fundamental keys to correcting distortion - understanding the consequences of primary beam divergence, object-to-film distance, and geometric distortion. The importance of tube tilts, particularly when dealing with unusual degrees of curvature, is covered. Dr. Vlasuk drives the point home throughout this course that x-raying the patient "as he or she presents" for postural studies does no good if your films are not of diagnostic quality.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 5
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In Radiation Safety 1, Dr. Vlasuk lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of safety issues, addressing topics of radiosensitivity, radiation measuring units, and explores the safety issues that often are in the minds of patients and physicians. Exposure, background radiation, comparison of radiation with other life stressors, and the body's recuperative capacity are discussed, all with excellent examples that you can easily communicate to your patients to allay their concerns about the need for x-rays.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 6
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this unit, Dr. Vlasuk takes you on an interesting tour of the early and dangerous history of x-ray. You will learn some important terms involving radiation safety and take a look at the risks associated with modern x-ray procedures. This unit also covers non-cancer risks of radiation, more on dealing with patient fears, and concludes with a discussion of issues that confuse the public about radiation.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 7
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
This unit provides a wealth of practical information on the proper use of patient shielding in your office. After discussing collimation, intensifying screens, film/screen systems, and wedge filters, Dr. Vlasuk gives thorough instruction on how to shield the patient for particular radiographic studies. You will learn the best procedures for shielding of the gonads, breasts, and thyroid. You will also receive instruction on x-ray shielding and exposure of the pregnant patient.
  X-Ray Quality and Safety - Unit 8
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this unit, you will learn the techniques and planning that ensure the safety of the x-ray technician and those individuals in the vicinity of the x-ray facility. Dr. Vlasuk discusses topics ranging from approved floor plans to personnel dosimetry. You will also receive information on safety regulations and the inspection process. Dr. Vlasuk concludes this unit and series by drawing on her years of expertise to provide you with a wealth of radiography hints for avoiding retakes and getting the best image possible in a variety of situations.
  Introduction to MRI - Part 1
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
Join Dr. Vlasuk as she takes you through a thorough introduction to MRI! This first presentation in the series will describe MRI fundamentals, including explanations of the equipment used, various MRI sequences, and what each will show you. You will learn about the basic techniques used in MRI imaging and also cover the advantages and disadvantages of particular MRI procedures. Dr. Vlasuk rounds out this first part in the series by talking about specific contraindications to MRI, some of which are not so obvious.
  Introduction to MRI - Part 2
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
Part 2 of this series is about MRI spine imaging. Dr. Vlasuk covers the differences between T1- and T2-weighted images. She then moves on to discuss normal lumbar MRI anatomy as well as numerous abnormalities ranging from the common to the unusual. Thoracic and cervical regions are covered as well, both with numerous fascinating examples. Know what you're looking at the next time you receive or order spine MRIs with this crucial segment from this outstanding series!
  Introduction to MRI - Part 3
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this third and final installment of the series, Introduction to MRI, Dr. Vlasuk covers non-spinal applications for MRI, including brain, joints, bone tumors, marrow disease, and breast. She will cover special brain sequences such as FLAIR, FLASH, EPI Diffusion, and BOLD. Study both normal and abnormal findings in sequences of the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and ankle. Dr. Vlasuk then covers in depth the valuable diagnostic information that MRI can bring to breast tumor diagnosis. MRA - Magnetic Resonance Angiography is discussed with examples of the phenomenal detail that can be seen in these studies. Round out your knowledge with this third, crucial segment of INTRODUCTION TO MRI!
Courses in Risk Management
  Radiology Search & Rescue - Unit 6 - Standards
Length
1.5 hours

Fee
$37.50
In this last of the Search and Rescue series Dr. Vlasuk discusses how statute, administrative rule, case law, and professional guidelines affect our practices. She covers justification for x-ray, including the particular factors that make chiropractic indications different from medical indications. Other issues discussed include ownership, exchange, retention, and disposal of x-rays; patient consents; scope of practice issues; and liability issues, including those that you may have for your tech. What if a patient refuses a test? Can you take x-rays for another doctor? This highly valuable unit is vital for every chiropractor and is also applicable for required C.E. in Risk Management.
Courses In Nutrition
Obtain the latest research information on important topics in nutrition with courses taught by James Gerber, D.C., an associate professor and lead instructor for nutrition at WSCC.
  Topics in Nutrition - Introduction to Botanical Therapeutics
 
Length
3 hours

Fee
$90.00
THIS IS A THREE-CREDIT-HOUR COURSE.
Join Dr. Gerber as he takes you on a thorough introduction to the use of botanical medicines! Covered in detail are the clinical uses and effects of Ginkgo Biloba, Garlic, Capsaicin, Willow Bark, Devil's Claw, Echinacea, Peppermint, Licorice, St. John's Wort, Kava, Valerian, Saw Palmetto, and Milk Thistle. This 3-hour course covers the regulation and terminology associated with botanical medicine while guiding you to valuable websites and books. Twenty four review questions help solidify your understanding of the subject. This course also includes a 150-page set of accompanying notes for ready reference in your practice!
  Topics in Nutrition - Cartilage Support Supplements in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this unit, Dr. Gerber covers the nutritional support supplements glucosamine and chondroitin and their rather dramatic effects in the treatment of osteoarthritis. You will see that according to the latest research, these supplements are not inadequate substitution attempts for prescription drug therapy but are indeed superior treatments. Dr. Gerber points out that according to the latest research done on some of these agents, they not only give superior long-term pain relief, but also, in some cases, have the ability to restore joint structures.
  Topics in Nutrition - Vascular Disease - Prevention, Risk Factor Management, and Treatment
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
Dr. Gerber will take you through a study of the latest research showing the effectiveness of particular diets for patients at risk of vascular disease. He also reviews the current research findings regarding the effectiveness of particular supplements in the treatment of vascular disorders.
  Topics in Nutrition - Nutrition For Musculoskeletal Trauma - Controlling Inflammation & Facilitating Tissue Repair
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this course, Dr. Gerber takes you through a study of proteolytic enzymes, the research associated with them, and the often dramatic effects in accelerated healing that can be produced with their use. You will learn how to evaluate enzyme potency and dosage and learn how to navigate successfully through confusing (and often misleading) labels. Learn how some researchers have experienced four-fold decreases in soft-tissue healing times through the expert use of supplements!
  Topics in Nutrition - Nutrition and Supplements for Gastrointestinal Disorders
  Your computer monitor's resolution will need to be set to at least 1024x768 when taking this course or you will be unable to correctly answer one of the questions in order to continue.
Length
2 Hours

Fee
$50.00
THIS IS A 2-CREDIT-HOUR COURSE.
Join Dr. James Gerber as he takes you through a thorough, two-hour course on nutrition and supplementation for gastrointestinal disorders! Dr. Gerber starts out with the topic of ruling out serious disease which might require emergency care. He then moves on to the topics of peptic ulcer, GERD, early gallbladder disease, celiac disease, and then covers the subject of gluten through an experiential exercise that involves other web resources. Afterwards, you'll study supplementation strategies for IBS, IBD, food allergies and allergy elimination programs, as well as functional dyspepsia, hypchlorhydria, digestive enzyme insufficiency, and dysbiosis. Dr. Gerber also covers the subject of using probiotics for GI health. Please note: due to the size of file downloads, this course is not recommended for dial-up users.
Courses In The Science and Practice of Chiropractic
Gain a deeper knowledge of principles behind the science and practice of chiropractic with these courses by Dr. Joseph Keating and Dr. Robert Cooperstein!
  Blocking Procedures in Chiropractic
  APPROVAL FOR THIS COURSE WAS NOT SOUGHT IN ALL STATES. AS WITH ALL OF OUR COURSES, YOU SHOULD CHECK THE STATE REQUIREMENTS LINK TO THE LEFT TO SEE IF YOUR STATE ACCEPTS THIS COURSE BEFORE PURCHASING IT.
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
In this course, Dr. Robert Cooperstein will take you through a thorough discussion of chiropractic blocking procedures. You will learn about the SOT Category System and then move on to topics of therapeutic blocking, the mechanical effects of prone and supine blocking, and even see some novel uses for blocks as treatment procedures. Dr. Cooperstein will cover the topic of sagital plane blocking, using blocks in diagnostic procedures, and will even outline his published research procedures for the "Quick Scan" diagnostic blocking protocol. Even if you have used blocking in your practice for some time, this course will give you new insights and confidence in your ability to successfully diagnose and treat your patients!
  The Subluxation Challenge / The Treatment Case Study
  APPROVAL FOR THIS COURSE WAS NOT SOUGHT IN ALL STATES. AS WITH ALL OF OUR COURSES, YOU SHOULD CHECK THE STATE REQUIREMENTS LINK TO THE LEFT TO SEE IF YOUR STATE ACCEPTS THIS COURSE BEFORE PURCHASING IT.
Length
1 Hour

Fee
$25.00
This course offers you the opportunity to experience two presentations that Dr. Keating has presented at numerous, important meetings of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Keating will provide a scientifically-based, conceptual orientation to clinical research of the subluxation syndrome and talk about subjects such as the relationship between validity and reliability in diagnosing, measuring, and treating subluxations in chiropractic patients. The second half of the presentation will provide you with basic, valuable, how-to information for conducting your own case study that could possibly be published for the benefit of all in the profession.