Musculoskeletal Imaging and Pain Management

Musculoskeletal radiology is a rapidly evolving field in which specialists use advanced imaging techniques to diagnose arthritis, trauma, sports injuries, rheumatologic conditions, and bone tumors. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform image-guided procedures and minimally invasive pain management therapies that often provide an alternative to surgery.

ColumbiaDoctors musculoskeletal radiologists collaborate closely with orthopedists, sports medicine specialists, spine surgeons, physiatrists, and oncologists to provide expert diagnostic imaging and procedures. 

With recent advances in imaging technologies, musculoskeletal radiologists are able to create and interpret increasingly detailed images of often subtle issues involving bones, muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, and other connective tissue. 

Precise Diagnostic Imaging

Musculoskeletal radiologists use X-ray, MRI, CT/CAT, and ultrasound to diagnose and assess issues with the musculoskeletal system in the most detail possible.  Common diagnostic procedures include:

Interventional Procedures

Using image guidance, musculoskeletal radiologists can perform joint injections, cyst aspirations, soft tissue biopsies, and other non-invasive procedures.

  • Steroid injections 
  • Morton neuroma injections
  • Cyst aspiration 
  • Calcific tendinitis barbotage
  • Dry needling 
  • Piriformis syndrome injection
  • Platelet rich plasma
  • Nerve block 
  • Soft tissue biopsy

Low Dose Imaging

Our musculoskeletal radiologists are committed to choosing low dose imaging techniques whenever possible to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.  We use ultrasound imaging—which uses high-frequency sound waves instead of radiation to view inside the body—almost exclusively for arthrograms.   Low dose computed tomography (CT) imaging is preferred for diagnostic procedures.