Musculoskeletal X-ray - General principles
Tutorial introduction

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 discusses musculoskeletal X-ray anatomy in general terms, and introduces some important concepts regarding musculoskeletal X-ray interpretation.

Knowledge of normal bone, joint and soft tissue appearances enables accurate description of abnormalities seen on X-ray. Both normal and abnormal X-rays are used to illustrate key viewing principles.

As for all X-rays, a systematic approach is required.

Course assessment

A certificated course completion assessment is available which is based on the material in this tutorial and the related sections.

All our online course completion certificates are CPD/CME accredited by the Royal College of Radiologists, London, UK.