Musculoskeletal Imaging Handbook: A Guide for Primary Practitioners

Musculoskeletal imaging handbookBy

  • Lynn N. McKinnis PT, OCS
  • Michael Mulligan MD

Choose the right imaging for your patients.

Rely on this compendium of evidence-based criteria to confidently select the most appropriate imaging modality for the diagnostic investigation of the most commonly evaluated musculoskeletal conditions.

The Musculoskeletal Imaging Handbook simplifies the complex field of musculoskeletal imaging for the primary practitioner responsible for ordering imaging or for the clinician who wants to understand the role of imaging in their patient’s care.

Information on Radiographs, MRIs, CTs, and Diagnostic Ultrasound is condensed into easily understood bullet points, decision pathways, tables, and charts. The most valuable feature of this Handbook is the ability to see the entire spectrum of imaging available, and understand why one imaging modality is most appropriate at a given point in the diagnostic investigation.

This Handbook includes all the evidence–based criteria currently available to guide a primary practitioner in the selection of the most appropriate imaging investigation for a given clinical condition: the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria for Musculoskeletal Conditions, Western Australia’s Diagnostic Imaging Pathways for Musculoskeletal Conditions, and the Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Canadian Clinical Decision Rules for ankle, knee, and cervical spine trauma.

It’s the perfect companion to Lynn N. McKinnis’ Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging, 4th Edition.

The Handbook is organized into one chapter per joint and the spinal regions. Each chapter provides these features to encompass all the necessary information required to make correct decisions in the primary evaluation of a musculoskeletal problem:

  • Fast Facts outlines statistically relevant data about the most common pathologies, degenerative conditions, or injuries seen most often at a given joint or region of the spine.
  • Review of Anatomy features quick-reference line drawings with detailed labels to refresh your knowledge of anatomy in the three cardinal planes.
  • Available Imaging Guidelines summarize evidence-based recommendations from the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®, Clinical Decision Rules, and Diagnostic Imaging Pathways.
  • Radiographs, MRI, CT, and Diagnostic Ultrasound protocols are each presented with their respective images, labeled anatomy, search patterns and pertinent observations. This feature provides a complete overview of imaging at each joint.
  • What Does It Look Like? presents images, clinical information, and treatment overviews for the most frequently seen musculoskeletal conditions for a given joint.
  • Davis Digital Version lets you access your complete text online at DavisPlus. Quickly search for the content you need. Add notes, highlights, and bookmarks. (Redeem the Plus Code, inside new, printed texts, to access this DavisPlus Premium resource.)
  • Streamlined content organized by bulleted lists and bolded key words make complex concepts more manageable.


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  1. Excellent book !!!!

    Very nice to to prepare lessons for my students.

    Many thanks one more time.

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