Glossary of terms for musculoskeletal radiology

Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Jul;49(Suppl 1):1-33. doi: 10.1007/s00256-020-03465-1. Epub 2020 Jun 2.


Members of the International Skeletal Society compiled a glossary of terms for musculoskeletal radiology. The authors also represent national radiology or pathology societies in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA. We provide brief descriptions of musculoskeletal structures, disease processes, and syndromes and address their imaging features. Given the abundance of musculoskeletal disorders and derangements, we chose to omit most terms relating to neoplasm, spine, intervention, and pediatrics. Consensus agreement was obtained from 19 musculoskeletal radiology societies worldwide.

Keywords: Glossary; Musculoskeletal anatomy; Musculoskeletal disorders; Musculoskeletal radiology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Musculoskeletal System / diagnostic imaging
  • Societies, Medical
  • Terminology as Topic*