Musculoskeletal radiologists specialize in the use and interpretation of the latest imaging techniques for evaluation of the bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles. These radiologists have completed additional fellowship training in musculoskeletal imaging after their radiology residency at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.
Musculoskeletal radiologists excel at the evaluation of sports injuries, trauma, arthritis, and tumors of bone and soft tissue. They work in conjunction with many other physicians including orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, and tumor surgeons, as well as internal medicine and primary care physicians, to ensure the most accurate and effective diagnostic evaluation of these conditions. While x-rays are the mainstay for diagnosis of uncomplicated fractures and arthritis, CT scans are sometimes used to image more complicated fractures and for assessment of fracture healing. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the imaging technology of choice for evaluating cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Ultrasound can be used for the evaluation of some tendon injuries as well.
These radiologists are also highly skilled in a variety of image-guided injection techniques for pain relief and diagnostic evaluation.
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