Advances in Joint Imaging
The mainstay of radiological rheumatological diagnosis remains the plain X-ray. Films should be of high quality and always relevant to answer a clinical management problem. Examinations must be performed with clear objectives in mind. What do we want to know? Will the information affect patient management? Is the treatment that will be offered useful? As in all radiological situations it is vital to co-ordinate the imaging ‘orchestra’ for the best and most efficacious use. Obviously the best person to do that is a radiologist, preferably one skilled in musculoskeletal diseases. The major roles of the various imaging modalities are discussed in this paper.
KeywordsSpinal Stenosis Plain Film Degenerative Disc Disease Rheumatoid Disease Joint Image
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