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Imaging of Musculoskeletal Infections

  • Theodore T. Miller
  • Mark E. Schweitzer

Abstract

Evaluation of clinically suspected infection is a common imaging task, in which many factors have to be taken into consideration, such as the pathogen (bacteria, mycobacteria, fungus, or virus), the location of the suspected infection (bone, soft tissue, joint, or disc space), the age of the patient (infant, child, adult), the time course of the infection (acute, subacute, chronic), and whether there are any underlying complicating factors (e.g., infarct or other bone disease, joint replacement in the area of clinical concern, or diabetic arthropathy). Radiography, computed tomography (CT), sonography, scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) all have roles and varying usefulness in the imaging evaluation.

Keywords

Periosteal Reaction Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis Acute Osteomyelitis Pyogenic Arthritis Gallium Uptake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore T. Miller
    • 1
  • Mark E. Schweitzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and ImagingHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic ImagingThe Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada

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