What is the role of imaging studies in the evaluation of tenosynovitis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Mark R Foster, MD, PhD, FACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Obtain standard anteroposterior and lateral radiographs to rule out bony involvement or a foreign body. [1]

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has proven accurate in assisting in the diagnosis of tenosynovitis [24] ; however, it is expensive and generally unnecessary, in that the diagnosis is usually clinically evident.


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