Musculoskeletal Radiology is a subspecialty that provides state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging of disorders of the muscles, bones, joints, and associated soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities. CRL’s Musculoskeletal Imaging team reads an average of 35,000 cases a year.

While standard X-ray of fractured bones or dislocated joints has been used in radiology since its beginning, musculoskeletal imaging techniques and diagnostic capabilities have progressed far beyond basic X-ray. Modern musculoskeletal radiology now uses advanced techniques to detect and evaluate more subtle but significant injuries. These modalities include CT (computed tomography), ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

In addition to performing minimally invasive bone and soft tissue biopsies under ultrasound and CT guidance, MR arthrography is available for patients, achieving the most detailed imaging evaluation of joints possible. Injection of medication into joints, aspiration of cysts or infected fluid collections, and arthrography of prosthetic joints are among the additional interventional procedures performed by our section. Our state-of-the-art multi-channel CT scanners allow three-dimensional reconstructions of any body part, and are routinely requested by surgeons performing complicated orthopedic procedures or joint replacements.