Musculoskeletal radiology focuses on the diagnosis of traumatic, degenerative, and metabolic bone and joint disorders, as well as tumors of the bones and soft tissues. Primarily using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and standard x-rays, musculoskeletal radiologists identify subtle derangements of bones, ligaments, muscles and cartilage, aiding orthopedic surgeons in the approach and management of these patients’ conditions.
Computed tomography (CT scan) displays fractures in superb detail, and is of great value in surgical planning. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform arthrograms and therapeutic joint injections. Additionally, they provide a complete service for evaluating sports-related injuries.