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The Musculoskeletal System Explained

musculoskeletalThe musculoskeletal system is the network of muscles and bones within the body. Injuries, conditions like arthritis, and other growth and degeneration problems can cause pain and disorders that cannot always be identified with a physical exam. It is a musculoskeletal radiologist’s job to conduct medical imaging of the problem areas to figure out what is happening to your body.

Musculoskeletal problems can be the result of anything from work accidents and sports injuries to genetics and lifestyle choices, and many other circumstances. Some of these problems include osteoarthritis of the knee, osteoporosis of the bones, and other joint or muscle issues.

In order to accurately diagnose and treat Musculoskeletal Conditions, Peninsula Radiology offers a full spectrum of imaging services. Our radiologist utilize CTMRI, musculoskeletal ultrasound, bone biopsies and bone mineral density studies to effectively look inside of a patient’s body. Since musculoskeletal disorders and injuries affect bones and muscles specifically, this is where these kinds of radiologists focus their attention. Thanks to these technologies and our expert staff, we are able to diagnose a wide range of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our Musculoskeletal Imaging Radiologists work closely with our other departments to ensure that every diagnosis is accurate and that treatment plans for musculoskeletal conditions are the most effective available.

Conditions that fall in the range of Musculoskeletal Imaging include patients with the following:

  • Patients with disorders of the spine, upper & lower extremities
  • Arthritis
  • Cancers of the soft tissues & bones

For more than 50 years, Peninsula Radiological Associates has provided quality medical imaging services. Our team of board certified and fellowship-trained radiologists have over 200 years of combined experience.  As a team we deliver the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and interventional radiological procedures available on the Virginia Peninsula.

At Peninsula Radiology, it is our goal to always utilize the least invasive technology for diagnosis. We only advance to more complex procedures when it is necessary. Call (757) 595-6363 or go online to schedule an appointment for imaging services.

What is Musculoskeletal Radiology?

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Dr. Jon Zachary Elliott, D. O.

The subspecialty of musculoskeletal radiology includes the evaluation of the soft tissues and bone of the upper and lower extremities.  The skull (calvarium) and spine are also routinely evaluated by a musculoskeletal radiologist. However a separate subspecialty, Neuroradiology, also evaluates the same types of exams when evaluating a neurologic complaint.  A Subspecialty training in musculoskeletal radiology typically includes one additional year of fellowship, following a 5-year diagnostic radiology residency and medical school.

Many types of imaging exams are used to evaluate the musculoskeletal system. Some of which include- X-rays/CT scans/ultrasound/MRI/nuclear medicine bone scans/bone mineral density (DEXA).

Musculoskeletal radiologists evaluate traumatic injuries and evaluate the post-operative healing process. Different kinds of arthritis are often diagnosed by x-rays.  Sports related injuries such as rotator cuff tears, and tears of the menisci of the knees, for example, are commonly diagnosed injuries on MRI. Soft tissue, and bone tumors are also evaluated by a MSK radiologist.

The large variety of imaging techniques used in radiology each have their advantages and disadvantages. While evaluating a patient, an important role of a musculoskeletal radiologist is to determine what technology is appropriate, and most effective to diagnose a certain concern or complaint. The question as to what exam is most appropriate to order is a common question that radiologists get on a daily basis from referring doctors.

To create a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient, MSK radiologists collaborate with both primary care and specialty trained physicians. MSK radiologists also work closely with orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and oncologists.

Dr. Jon Zachary Elliott joined Peninsula Radiology Associates in 2010 as a Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Specialist. He received  his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Elliott completed his Radiology Residency at Penn State/Hershey Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. After his Residency, Dr. Elliott was a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellow and Instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina. He served for the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Surgeon at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

Peninsula Radiological Associates proudly announces the affiliation of Jon Zachary Elliott, DO with their practice.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va – Dr. Elliott received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. His Radiology Residency was at the Penn State/Hershey Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident from 2008-2009. He was a Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellow and Instructor at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2009-2010. Dr. Elliott brings to the practice a broad base of professional experience including serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon serving in San Diego, CA including two overseas deployments.  Prior to receiving his medical degree, Dr. Elliott received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and in Biology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. At Peninsula Radiology, Dr. Elliott is a Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention Specialist.

”We are excited to be adding someone to our team with such outstanding credentials and such a broad base of both training and experience,” said Dr. Dennie Bartol, a Vascular and Intervention Radiologist and senior member of Peninsula Radiology Associates. Dr. Elliott recently affiliated with our practice and joins other radiation specialists who have been providing the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imagining and procedures for fifty years on the Peninsula.

Peninsula Radiological Associates has been serving the Peninsula for over fifty years and provides the most comprehensive range of medical diagnostic imaging and procedures on the Virginia Peninsula. It offers seven convenient locations for its patients as well as providing professional reading services to local hospitals. The range of services includes MRI, CT, PET, Mammography, Fluoroscopy, Image Guided Biopsies, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, X Ray and Women’s Imaging. All imaging services are read by Board Certified Physicians, many of whom have additional certification in sub-specialties.

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