role of imaging in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal infection

What is the role of imaging in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal infection?

Imaging examinations can help to diagnose the presence of and delineate the extent of infection involving the soft tissues or bone.

However, radiologists rely on correlative clinical findings including history and physical examination findings and laboratory testing results to help establish the diagnosis of infection.

The diagnosis of musculoskeletal infection is a collaborative process between radiologists and referring providers.

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