Technical Expertise

The x-ray is still one of the most accurate and reliable forms of imaging available, and rapid developments in technology over the last half century have provided even greater diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Penn Radiology strives to continuously offer the most advanced imaging services available, meeting the needs of patients throughout the region.


In addition to x-ray, imaging modalities used for imaging of the musculoskeletal system include:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Biplanar full-body imaging (EOS)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound (US)

All modalities have important roles to play in the assessment of disease of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Imaging is not only useful for diagnosis, but can be used to guide biopsies and treatment in many cases of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. An exciting development has been the use of US guidance for the direct injection into tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.

Specialized Experts Providing Exceptional Care

The Musculoskeletal Division at Penn Medicine is staffed by musculoskeletal disease specialists who are experts in imaging of the bones, joints, spine and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system (ligaments, tendons, muscles). The Department also performs imaging for the assessment of metabolic bone disease, including osteoporosis. All of the radiologists in the Division are subspecialty trained in musculoskeletal imaging, and perform more than 400 radiographs, 75 MR studies, 15 CT studies, and 15 ultrasound studies each day. Their work includes all imaging studies of the musculoskeletal system related to trauma and other emergency department visits.

In This Section

Procedures and Services

The Musculoskeletal Division of Penn Radiology provides comprehensive diagnostic and interventional imaging for the whole body using CT, EOS, MRI and Ultrasound services.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Team

Meet the team of experts who specialize in musculoskeletal imaging.

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