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Assume you suspect amyloidosis because of the history of the patient: problem with vertebral column and "purulent" (serous, fibrous, or hemorrhagic) inflammation when patient very young. Now, the patient has a chronic renal failure.

Is there any other method to diagnose the fracture of some bone than röntgen? Assume you do not know where the fracture is exactly.

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Osteomyelitis can be diagnosed with the following imaging techniques [1]:

  • first of all: radiography to view the anatomy of the bone
  • the sonography can be used to diagnose fluid collections, periosteal involvement. It is also the most useful procedure for kidney assessment [2].
  • CT is also useful to detect early osseous erosion, but is less sensitive when it comes to bone infection
  • MRI is the most sensitive and specific for osteomyelitis
  • Nuclear imaging can be used to identify multifocal osseous involvement.

References:

  1. Carlos Pineda et al., Radiographic Imaging in Osteomyelitis: The Role of Plain Radiography, Computed Tomography, Ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Scintigraphy
  2. American College of Radiology, Renal failure
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