Update on imaging of orthopedic infections

Robert D Boutin, J. Brossmann, D. J. Sartoris, D. Reilly, D. Resnick

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Although the diagnosis of infection is only a small part of the orthopedist's job description, it is a important part. This article discusses the fundamentals of orthopedic infections and highlights the refinements on this topic from a radiologic perspective. In addition to reviewing the imaging appearance of musculoskeletal infections in bone and the surrounding soft tissues, we focus on the advantages and disadvantages of five imaging methods: radiography, sonography, CT, scintigraphy, and MR imaging. Finally, we review three specific situations that have garnered substantial attention in recent medical literature: chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis, musculoskeletal infections in AIDS patients, and pedal infections in diabetic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-66
Number of pages26
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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