Radiology is a medical speciality that uses clinical images to diagnose and treat diseases within the body.

There are different types of radiology investigations/techniques that support the diagnosis of musculoskeletal diseases. These are:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • CT – Computed Tomography
  • Fluoroscopy/screening
  • Nuclear Medicine

Not all problems with bones, muscles and joints need clinical images to make a diagnosis. There are serious side effects that can occur from repeated medical images involving ionising radiations and in most instances, a clinical image will not change the initial management of non-traumatic disease or problem. Because of this, the Health Board has Diagnostic imaging referrals  guidelines to advice and guide healthcare team to order a Radiology investigation with appropriate clinical indications.