The following case occurred earlier this year. It is fairly representative of the benefit of imaging in the chiropractic setting and demonstrates the service that an astute Doctor of Chiropractic can provide.
Calcification of the stylohyoid ligaments or thyroid cartilage may be frequently mistaken for calcific plaquing of the vertebral artery. In actuality, calcification of the vertebral arteries is extremely rare. The calcification of the stylohyoid ligaments and thyroid cartilage is commonly encountered and should not be mistaken for arterial calcification.
I am not really sure why the topic of shoulder MRI tends to be so popular, but I have a few ideas. Perhaps it is because shoulder problems tend to be a bit more difficult to accurately diagnose. Although that statement may seem misleading, the majority of shoulder pain is due to rotator cuff problems, but the difficulty often lies in trying to distinguish rotator cuff tendinosis from cuff tear.
The assessment of the rotator cuff tendon is one of the most common reasons for MR imaging of the shoulder. Most frequently, the study is ordered to rule out a tear. If a tear is present, it is important to define the type of tear and quantify any defects. This information may be useful in determining if conservative care is warranted, or surgery is indicated.
I find stress fractures to be a very interesting topic in radiology. Partly this is due to the fact that early on in the evolution of stress fractures, they may be completely invisible on plain film x-ray and yet produce considerable symptomatology clinically. The promoting of increased physical activity seems to be ubiquitous in American society today.