Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2004; 8(3): 199-204
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-835360
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001 USA.

Imaging of Posttraumatic Osteomyelitis

Karen-Helge Bühne1 , Klaus Bohndorf1
  • 1Department of Radiology, Klinikum Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
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Publication Date:
11 October 2004 (online)

Posttraumatic osteomyelitis frequently leads to an illness characterized by chronicity and recurrences. Bone changes themselves, developed during chronic infection, and orthopedic implants heavily influence the diagnostic value of the different imaging methods. Conventional radiography remains the cornerstone of imaging of acute and chronic osteomyelitis, but other modalities such as ultrasonography, radionuclide studies, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging may be necessary. The values of the techniques in different clinical settings are described.


Karen-Helge Bühne, M.D. 

Department of Radiology, Klinikum Augsburg

Stenglinstraße 2, 86156 Augsburg, Germany