October 2003 Bulletin

Master the intricacies of musculoskeletal imaging

New "Essentials" guide provides on-the-spot reference to the latest modalities, more

If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, do you order an arthrogram or an MRI?

A young runner presents with shin pain and his X-rays come back negative. However, you suspect a stress fracture based on the patient’s history. What are your next steps?

Definitive answers to these questions and more can be found in the newly released Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging, a step-by-step guide to the latest modalities for imaging and diagnosis of more than 250 adult and pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. This important new release from the Essentials family of publications offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date view of current practices, classic conditions and authoritative information available.

‘Quick and easy’ diagnosis

Developed and reviewed by a renowned team of orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and pediatricians, Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging is designed to help primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others reach the correct diagnosis quickly and easily. Although the book is targeted at primary care physicians, orthopedic residents and general orthopedists also may find some of the chapters helpful for those areas not common in their practices.

Packed with practical advice and advanced imaging considerations, this handy guide:

Get the most out of your imaging

“Primary care physicians and orthopedists are concerned with ordering imaging studies that give the highest degree of sensitivity and specificity at the lowest cost; this book helps them with both,” says orthopaedic surgeon Thomas R. Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson is co-editor of Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging along with radiologist Lynne S. Steinbach, MD.

The guide provides valuable advice on which musculoskeletal imaging studies to order—and not to order—for an initial evaluation as well as for a more comprehensive evaluation.

This book can help physicians to avoid over-ordering images, Dr. Johnson says, thereby reducing costs.

“When a physician orders the wrong image and the patient’s insurance company refuses to reimburse it, that cost is either passed down to the patient or is absorbed by the physician office,” he explains. “By identifying which images produce the highest yield, the book serves as an important guide to the cost-effectiveness of musculoskeletal imaging studies.”

In addition, Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging can serve as a “back-up” resource for primary care physicians if an insurance company questions the appropriateness of a given test, Dr. Johnson says.

“This guide presents the definitive, minimum appropriate imaging that is required in a given situation, so the physician has something to fall back on if his or her approach is questioned by an HMO or other third party payer,” he says.

Order online today

The 800-page text and CD-ROM package is $115 for AAOS members and $100 for residents. The retail price is $130.

The text-only price is $95 for AAOS members and $80 for residents. The retail price for the text alone is $110. The CD-ROM supplement is not available for sale separately.

You may purchase the guide online, or call AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726 to place your order.

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