Evaluation and Treatment of Sports Injuries, Chronic Pain, and Other Musculoskeletal Conditions

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Musculoskeletal Imaging and Pain Management

Musculoskeletal radiology is a rapidly growing field in which doctors use advanced imaging techniques to diagnose arthritis, trauma, sports injuries, rheumatologic conditions, and bone tumors. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform minimally invasive injections and therapies that often provide an alternative to surgery.

Columbia's musculoskeletal radiologists work closely with orthopedists, sports medicine doctors, spine surgeons, physiatrists, and oncologists to provide expert diagnostic imaging and pain management 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.