Musculoskeletal X-ray - General principles
Tutorial conclusion

Tutorial key points

  • Plain radiographs provide information about bone, joint and soft tissue structures
  • Be systematic
  • Look at all views available
  • If available compare with old images
  • Look for the unexpected
  • Assess image quality and if clinically appropriate consider requesting a repeat X-ray

Related tutorials

This brief tutorial has introduced some of the key principles of musculoskeletal X-ray interpretation. More specific principles apply to specific body parts. These will be discussed in more detail in the relevant tutorials.

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Last reviewed: July 2019