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Skeletal Scintigraphy

Basics Description Skeletal scintigraphy is a nuclear medicine imaging method for bone disease. Advantages: High sensitivity for early detection of disease Whole body survey Disadvantage: Limited specificity Diagnosis Signs and Symptoms Indications Whole body skeletal scintigraphy: Primary bone tumors Osteomyelitis Joint prosthesis pain Occult fractures Stress fractures and shin splints Spondylosis Reflex sympathetic dystrophy […]

Musculoskeletal Radiography

Basics Description Plain radiography has been the primary musculoskeletal imaging technique for >100 years. X-ray beams generated by an x-ray tube pass through the body part to be imaged, and differential absorption and scattering of the x-ray beams occur. The exiting beam carries information about the density of the material traversed. This information is […]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Basics Description MRI is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that uses hydrogen atoms in the body to create an image. MRI has several advantages over other imaging techniques: Higher contrast resolution More sensitive than CT in detecting bone marrow/soft-tissue disease No exposure to irradiation Multiplanar imaging capability Diagnosis Indications: Evaluation of joints Detection of ligament […]

Computed Tomography

Basics Description CT is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that uses a rotational radiographic source to generate cross-sectional images. CT is particularly advantageous for musculoskeletal imaging when used with multiplanar, volume-rendered reconstruction techniques. Etiology Chronology of development : 1972: Introduction 1974-1976: 1st clinical scanners installed 1980: Became widely available 1985-1986: Introduction of modern applications, such […]