Dr. Cliff Tao: Interpreting Radiology Images More Efficiently and Effectively

At ACA Engage 2022, Cliff Tao, DC, DACBR, will present “Radiology Case Studies,” one of several virtual education programs available this year in addition to the annual conference’s in-person presentations. Dr. Tao owns and operates a nationwide private chiropractic radiology practice. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and published in both chiropractic and medical literature on the topic of chiropractic, spine, and musculoskeletal imaging. He is a former voluntary faculty member at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and former voluntary instructor of radiology at UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. Below, ACA Blogs finds out how doctors will benefit from his Engage program (which offers 1 CE credit).

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How is the topic you are presenting at Engage 2022 relevant to today’s chiropractor?

Dr. Tao: If you use diagnostic imaging in your practice, this will be relevant to you—but especially if you have in-office imaging like radiography. I will present some strategies on how to interpret imaging efficiently and effectively.

What makes you an expert in this field?

Dr. Tao: Following graduation from National University of Health Sciences, I completed a three-year full-time ACBR radiology residency at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and then a full-time six-month musculoskeletal radiology research fellowship at UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif., a major medical teaching hospital.

What practical knowledge can attendees take away from your presentation and start using immediately in their practices?

Dr. Tao: Participants of my program will take home various strategies on becoming better doctors via their patients’ imaging, including how to use software to their advantage and how their mindset and approach—even before they look at the images—can help them to be a better doctor.

Can you share an anecdote from your own career to demonstrate how greater knowledge of your topic can make a difference for patient care and/or professional success?

Dr. Tao: Just earlier today, a chiropractor in his early 70s contacted us to review his brain MRI. His primary care physician had dismissed a potential cerebellar infarct as an incidental finding. We consulted with our in-house neuro subspecialist and provided greater clarity on the risks with such a finding, and the prognosis for progression and adverse clinical outcome. There was a change in the management of this patient, which may require surgery.

What do you enjoy about presenting educational programs?

Dr. Tao: The enjoyment I experience usually comes from knowing I’m able to help doctors help their patients, from our collegial discussions during a weekend conference, and from the overall raising of our profession’s standards.

Engage 2022 offers an unmatched education program, featuring 19 virtual and in-person sessions that offer high-quality, innovative presentations. A total of 21 CE credits are available through several of the programs. Learn more and register here.