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Pictorial essay


Imaging of the bursae

Zameer HirjiJaspal S HunjunHema N Choudur
Department of Radiology, McMaster University, Canada
Date of Submission: 12-Mar-2011, Date of Acceptance: 26-Mar-2011, Date of Web Publication: 02-May-2011.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Zameer Hirji

Department of Radiology, McMaster University Medical Centre, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8N 3Z5
E-mail: zameer.hirji@gmail.com

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Zameer Hirji

Department of Radiology, McMaster University Medical Centre, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8N 3Z5
E-mail: zameer.hirji@gmail.com

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.80374 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


When assessing joints with various imaging modalities, it is important to focus on the extraarticular soft tissues that may clinically mimic joint pathology. One such extraarticular structure is the bursa. Bursitis can clinically be misdiagnosed as joint-, tendon- or muscle-related pain. Pathological processes are often a result of inflammation that is secondary to excessive local friction, infection, arthritides or direct trauma. It is therefore important to understand the anatomy and pathology of the common bursae in the appendicular skeleton. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to characterize the clinically relevant bursae in the appendicular skeleton using diagrams and corresponding multimodality images, focusing on normal anatomy and common pathological processes that affect them. The aim is to familiarize radiologists with the radiological features of bursitis.
Keywords: Bursae, Computed Tomography, Imaging, Interventions, Magnetic Resonance, Ultrasound

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