What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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A diagnosis of underlying osteomyelitis can be evaluated first with plain films. Osteomyelitis may also be suggested by positive bone scan findings. A negative bone scan finding generally excludes osteomyelitis; however, patients with an open wound, such as a pressure injury, can often have a falsely positive bone scan. A positive bone scan finding can be evaluated further by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or bone biopsy (see below).


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