n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Sports imaging for the general practitioner : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The recent advances in high-quality radiography, high-resolution ultrasound, helical multi-slice CT and high field strength MRI, have been able to demonstrate the musculoskeletal system as never before. <br>Image quality is of the utmost importance as pathology may be missed on poor-quality radiographs. <br>Stress views are only indicated if one is clinically uncertain of ligamentous injury and comparison with the uninjured side is important. <br>Shoulder ultrasound is well-established as the primary diagnostic tool in the management of rotator cuff injury. <br>CT is the examination of choice for bone pathology. <br>With MRI, T1-weighted images generally display anatomy optimally, while T2-weighted images display pathological conditions in broad terms. <br>Nuclear medicine isotope imaging is extremely sensitive, but not specific for disease. <br>An effusion is a sign of intra-articular injury. <br>Bony inflammation and bony separation may occur at the attachment of strong, large tendons to the growth areas of children's bones. <br>The classification most widely used to classify fractures involving the physis is that described by Salter and Harris.

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