Imaging is an essential component in the diagnostic workup of many conditions of the foot and ankle this chapter reviews the basic principles of imaging with the aim of providing a solid foundation for routine clinical practice. Imaging of the foot and ankle can be beneficial to rule in or rule out pathology after trauma to the foot or ankle or when an injury is not progressing with conservative management for bony pathology there are 3 standard views for a radiograph. The title of this edition has changed from radiology of the foot and ankle to imaging of the foot and ankle to reflect a greater emphasis on multimodality imaging approaches to solve diagnostic challenges specifically the increased use of ultrasound mr imaging ct and diagnostic interventional techniques. Mri pictures show the soft tissues and bones of the foot and ankle in a cross sectional fashion in many situations mri offers unique information to help your doctor better plan your treatment and care during the scan you will be lying inside a large tubular donut shaped machine. Foot disorders and injuries increase with age due in part to the rising popularity of recreational sports in all age groups diagnostic imaging of the foot and ankle will help you train your eye to recognize disorders and diseases of the foot and ankle including those that are often misdiagnosed or overlooked
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