Exploring Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI Scans with Valley Radiology

Whole musculoskeletal imaging offers many benefits that provide a comprehensive evaluation of the body's musculoskeletal structures, from the ankle and hip to hands and bone bruising, without ionizing radiation, ensuring patient safety.

This non-invasive imaging technique is instrumental in detecting early injury, illness, and disease. It enables healthcare providers to identify and address health issues in their earliest stages when intervention is most effective.

By offering detailed insights into the musculoskeletal system's organs, tissues, and blood vessels, these scans facilitate precise diagnoses, treatment monitoring, and improved patient outcomes.

If you or someone you love could benefit from a musculoskeletal MRI scan for their overall health, we are here to help.

What is a Musculoskeletal MRI? 

A musculoskeletal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a technique specifically used to visualize and assess the musculoskeletal system's soft tissues, muscles, bones, joints, and other structures.

Commonly referred to as an MSK MRI, this non-invasive and highly detailed imaging method provides valuable information for diagnosing and evaluating various musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. 

Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, rheumatologists, and other healthcare professionals rely on MRI scans to accurately diagnose and determine the most appropriate treatment options.

It is a valuable tool for improving patient care and outcomes in orthopedics and musculoskeletal medicine.

What Does an MRI of the Musculoskeletal System Show?

MSK MRI scans use powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed cross-sectional images of the body's musculoskeletal structures. 

These images can reveal various issues and abnormalities, such as:

  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon injuries
  • Spine issues, like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and spinal cord compression
  • Joint disorders
  • Nerve compression
  • Bone fractures
  • Tumors
  • Inflammation that could be a sign of tendinitis, bursitis, and autoimmune diseases
  • Foreign body detection
  • Degenerative conditions, like arthritis

Musculoskeletal MRI is beneficial for identifying the extent and nature of these conditions, aiding in treatment planning, and monitoring the progress of treatment or rehabilitation.

Common Types of Musculoskeletal MRI

Various types of MSK MRI scans focus on imaging the musculoskeletal system. It is a versatile tool for diagnosing and evaluating conditions affecting the body's muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissues. 

The most common types include:


A hip MRI specializes in providing detailed images of the hip joint. It is commonly used to diagnose hip conditions such as labral tears, arthritis, bursitis, and hip bones or soft tissue injuries.

MRI of the Knee

An MRI focused on the knee is a crucial diagnostic tool for assessing injuries and conditions. It can identify ligament tears (e.g., ACL or MCL), meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and patellar problems.

Bone Bruising MRI

This type of MRI is specifically designed to detect and evaluate bone bruising, which often occurs due to trauma or injury. It helps healthcare providers assess the extent of bone damage and guide appropriate treatment.

Ankle MRI

An MRI of the ankle is used to examine the bones, ligaments, tendons, and other structures in the ankle joint. It is valuable in diagnosing conditions like ankle sprains, fractures, Achilles tendon injuries, and arthritis.

MRI Arthrogram of the Shoulder

An MRI arthrogram of the shoulder is a specialized MRI that involves injecting contrast dye into the shoulder joint to enhance visualization. It is used to diagnose shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and other joint abnormalities.

MRI of the Elbow

An elbow MRI provides detailed images of the elbow joint and surrounding structures. It helps diagnose conditions like tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, ligament injuries, and elbow-related fractures.

Hand MRI

A hand MRI is used to evaluate the bones, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues of the hand and wrist. It aids in diagnosing conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, tendonitis, and arthritis in the hand and wrist area.

Elevate Your Health with an MSK MRI in North Carolina

Your health is our priority. 

With clinics in Angier and Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Valley Radiology team is committed to providing advanced imaging solutions, including musculoskeletal MRI scans, for individuals seeking comprehensive assessments of their health conditions, illnesses, or injuries. 

We are here to assist you if you or a loved one needs a thorough imaging evaluation. 

Contact us today if your provider has sent us a referral and you have not been contacted to schedule or if you have questions about our range of imaging services.