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Musculoskeletal Imaging


Musculoskeletal ImagingMusculoskeletal Radiology is a specialty of radiology that looks at bones and their surrounding soft tissues. The soft tissues include: muscles, tendons, ligaments, fat, nerves and vessels. It uses the following imaging modalities: X-Ray plain films, ultrasound, MRI, CT, CT arthrography, MR arthrography, bone densitometry, and flouroscopy. The need for musculoskeletal imaging occurs with trauma, sport-related injuries, arthritis, infection, cancer, congenital diseases, metabolic & endocrine diseases, diseases of the hematopoetic system (such as anemias), crystal-induced diseases (such as gout), and for assessment prior to surgery.


More information on Musculoskeletal Radiology can be found at the following web sites:

Society of Skeletal Radiology

The British Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal Radiology Signs

Patient Educational Resources:

From http://www.radiologyinfo.com . This is a web site with descriptions of radiologic procedures.

  1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Musculoskeletal
  2. MRI - Body
  3. MRI - Spine
  4. Ultrasound - Musculoskeletal
  5. Computed Tomography (CT) - Body
  6. Computed Tomography (CT) - Spine
  7. Arthrography (Joint X-Ray)
  8. Bone Densitometry
  9. X-Ray of the Bone

Medline Plus, a web site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health also has many links under diagnostic imaging.


Musculoskeletal section members: