Musculoskeletal X-ray -
This brief tutorial discusses musculoskeletal X-ray anatomy in general terms, and introduces some important concepts regarding musculoskeletal X-ray interpretation.
Knowledge of normal bone, joint and soft tissue appearances enables accurate description of abnormalities seen on X-ray. Both normal and abnormal X-rays are used to illustrate key viewing principles.
As for all X-rays, a systematic approach is required.
Tutorial key points
- Plain radiographs provide information about bone, joint and soft tissue structures
- Be systematic
- Look at all views available
- If available compare with old images
- Look for the unexpected
- Assess image quality and if clinically appropriate consider requesting a repeat X-ray