Muscoskeletal Radiology

muscoskeletal-radiologyMuscoskeletal Radiology is a procedure that involves the imaging of bone and joint abnormalities which include Trauma and Orthopaedic and rheumatlogic conditions. Consultants in this area particularly specialise in how human bones, muscles and joints work together. They use imaging techniques to diagnose a patient’s condition in a non-invasive manner.

Musculoskeletal conditions can be the result of various injuries from work incidents and sports injuries to lifestyle choices. Common conditions examined and diagnosed include arthritis of the knee and other joints and osteoporosis of the bones. Musculoskeletal radiology assists in leading patients to the most efficient recovery process possible providing them with imaging and treatment procedures for the conditions they have.

At Hadley Wood Hospital our imaging department allows us to offer a range of services to patients, our radiologists are professionally trained with many years of experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients form diagnosis to treatment, tailoring each service to their needs.

We offer the following muscoskeletal diagnostics for patients

  • Ultrasound – this is an imaging method that involves using high-frequency sound waves which allows for images to be produced of the structures within your body. Images used can provide the radiologist with important information when diagnosing and treating disease.
  • MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to develop comprehensive images of the inside of a patient’s body. The MRI scanner is a tube that has powerful magnets inside; the patient will lay flat whilst the scanner works to produce the imagery. It can be used to examine most parts of the body including the brain and spinal chord, bones and joints, heart and blood vessels along with internal organs.
  • Arthrogram – this is an examination using X rays to produce images of your joint after a contrast material has been applied such as water, air or dye. It used to find the cause of unexplained pain in the joints and dye used  will allow for muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and your joint capsule to be viewed by your doctor.
  • Fluoroscopy – this technique involves an X-ray beam which is passed through the body capturing real time images and transmitting them to a video monitor, this allows for a body part or bodily function to be seen by your consultant.
  • CT scans – (also referred to as CAT scans) involve producing detailed images of the structures within the human body which include the bones, blood vessels and internal organs. They are used diagnose many different conditions such as bone injuries, blood flow issues and gastrointestinal issues as well as strokes and cancer. During your scan you will lay flat on your back on a bed that will pass through the scanner which rotates around your body as you pass through it. Unlike other scanning methods a CT scanner does not surround your whole body. The scan will usually last around 10-20 minutes.

We offer the following treatment procedures for patients with musculoskeletal conditions after diagnosis

Guided Injections – including Nerve blocks, Root and Facet.

Spinal injections