Orthopedic Imaging

Orthopedic imaging relies on X-ray, MRI and CT to diagnose disorders and injuries affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and spine. Orthopedists also use these test results to create an effective treatment plan.

Several mainstream media outlets recently cast a bright spotlight upon the well-being of athletes who are returning to active rosters following injuries, causing many spectators to question the people in charge of making return-to-play decisions. 

The use of NSAIDS such as ibuprofen and naproxen might not have the desired effect patients are seeking when it comes to joint pain, according to new findings to be presented at RSNA 2022. 

An artificial intelligence system that is currently commercially available for use in adults could also have applications in a pediatric population, according to a new study in Pediatric Radiology.

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Experts involved in the study suggested that the protocol could open doors leading to greater utilization of MRI in the future. 

Experts compared the cortical thickness of three bones—the radius, tibia and second metatarsal—of 200 volunteers who had undergone prior bone mineral density measurements to evaluate the ultrasound method’s accuracy.

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The software was put to the test on nearly 5,000 trauma radiographs, assessing for the presence of fractures, dislocations, elbow effusions and focal bone lesions. In some cases, it outperformed radiologists by as many as 82 points. 

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Female authorship in musculoskeletal radiology research has seen a steady climb over the last two decades—a positive trend that is indicative of progress in a field where leadership is largely dominated by males. 


Image sharpness was further improved when sharper reconstruction kernels were used, despite having higher noise levels.

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The findings were discussed today at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Patients who received an injection had an infection rate of 2.2% at 4-month follow-up. In comparison, the infection rate for the general population in Massachusetts was 7.5% during the same period.


Established clinical guidelines hold that patients presenting with ankle issues should not receive advanced imaging ahead of standard radiography. New research shows a substantial proportion of ordering clinicians sending these patients straight to MRI anyway.

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Researchers have developed deep-radiomics-based models capable of predicting osteoporosis with high accuracy and without need for DXA imaging. 

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Linköping, Sweden – December 7, 2022 – International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) has signed a contract with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) in the UK. The contract with GOSH, which is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, will provide its healthcare professionals with access to new digital imaging tools. The solution will also enhance how they assess images from various modalities that are crucial for effective diagnoses. 

Ed Gaines, JD, vice president of regulatory affairs and industry liaison, Zotec Partners, discussed the impact of the 2023 Medicare Fee Schedule on radiology at RSNA 2022 in Chicago last week. RSNA and several other medical societies say the cuts are not sustainable.

Ed Gaines, JD, CCP, vice president of regulatory affairs and industry liaison, Zotec Partners, discusses the impact of the No Surprises Act on healthcare and medical imaging at the RSNA 2022 meeting

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