Musculoskeletal radiology (MSK) is a subspecialty of radiology. MSK radiology uses state-of-the-art imaging technology to diagnose disorders of bones, joints, and soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities including conventional radiography (x-ray), computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
MSK radiologists help diagnose a variety of musculoskeletal disorders including trauma, sports injury, arthritis, bone and soft tissue tumors, and many other etiologies causing acute and chronic pain.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) technology, often used in combination with CT imaging, uses a scanner and a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) which is injected into a patient’s vein to make detailed, computerized pictures of areas inside the body where the glucose is used. A PET-CT scan consists of 2 parts: first, a CT scan to pinpoint the location for the PET, and then the PET scan itself. During a PET scan, a ring of detectors picks up radiation signals from the patient’s body coming from previously injected radiopharmaceuticals....
What is tumor cyroablation?
Tumor cryoablation is a procedure that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy cancer cells. Cryoablation is used to treat tumors of the kidney.
How is tumor cyroablation done?
A needle-like applicator will be placed in contact with the tumor, more than one applicator may be used depending on the tumor size and location. Dr. Christenson will use ultrasound and other x-ray imaging to guide the applicator(s) to the treatment site. Once the applicator is in the correct location, Dr. Christenson will administer argon gas...