Diagnostic Imaging in Pain Management
When diagnoses in pain management are uncertain and information scant, radiologic imaging can be used to make the unseen seen. Differentials may be narrowed, decisions made more certain, and therapy commenced with greater effect. As powerful as it may be, imaging is no substitute for clinical examination and diagnoses; therapeutics should not be based solely on a radiologic result but in conjunction with the clinical findings. Much can be found if one looks, but if it does not hurt, is it of significance, and does it need to be treated?
KeywordsMagnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agent Plain Radiograph Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Prosthetic Joint Infection
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