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Musculoskeletal Imaging

Musculoskeletal Radiology

While musculoskeletal imaging is nothing new, today’s versatile technologies have provided a new level of sophistication and accuracy in the diagnosis of problems related to muscles, bones, joints, and supporting soft tissue. And to properly care for patients who have been injured or are suffering from painful conditions like arthritis, you need accurate, complete diagnoses upon which you can develop effective treatment plans. Here at Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants (AMIC), we offer comprehensive musculoskeletal imaging modalities for your patients.

Our board-certified radiologists are fellowship-trained in a variety of subspecialties, including musculoskeletal imaging, body imaging, MRI, CT, and more. As a result, we have the expertise to diagnose orthopedic conditions accurately, which could mean the difference between full recovery and continued discomfort or even disability.

Comprehensive Muskuloskeletal Imaging Capabilities.

A number of imaging techniques can be employed to diagnose the wide spectrum of bone and joint conditions that commonly affect patients, both young and old.  As such, it requires specialized training to select the modality that will give you the information you need for a particular patient, based on his or her unique clinical characteristics.  AMIC’s fellowship trained radiologists have a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal imaging, and are pleased to help guide the imaging workup of your patients.

Below is an overview of the various techniques we employ in evaluating musculoskeletal pathology:

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is the most powerful tool in musculoskeletal imaging, providing exquisite detail of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and all soft tissue structures not well seen by other modalities.  MRI is of excellent utility in evaluating pathology in any joint or myotendinous structure. 

CT (computed tomography) is most useful when the clinical question involves specifically bones.  It is exceptional in evaluation of fine body detail in numerous settings, ranging from detection of subtle fractures, to characterizing the severity of arthritis.

Nuclear medicine, in the form of a bone scan, employs radioisotopes to evaluate osseous structures.  The principal advantage of this technique is the ability to image the entire body with one exam, which is invaluable in determining multifocality of numerous disease processes.  Furthermore, it permits an assessment of metabolic bone activity, which can be exceptionally helpful as a problem-solving tool in several clinical scenarios.

Ultrasound can be very helpful in evaluating superficial soft tissue structures, primarily muscles and tendons, as well as the skin and subcutaneous tissues about a joint. 

DEXA scanning (bone densitometry) quickly, painlessly, and accurately measures the strength, density, and mineral content of bones. DEXA identifies patients with osteoporosis early so appropriate treatment can be initiated before problems arise.

 

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