What is the role of imaging in the diagnosis of bone and joint Enterobacter infections?

Updated: Jun 18, 2019
  • Author: Susan L Fraser, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Bone and joint infections may require plain radiography. CT scanning and/or MRI studies are helpful in selected cases of soft-tissue infections, osteomyelitis, and septic arthritis. Nuclear medicine studies, bone and gallium scans in particular, are frequently a useful complement to plain radiography. Findings from indium scans or other types of marked white blood cell scans are somewhat more specific for the diagnosis of deep infections than gallium scan, although they may be less sensitive. See the image below.

Radiograph of an open right tibial fracture in a 2 Radiograph of an open right tibial fracture in a 21-year-old male marine who was wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol in Iraq.

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