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What imaging tests can help diagnose sacroiliac (SI) joint pain?

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X-rays can help your doctor look for changes in the SI joint. Computed tomography (CT), a powerful X-ray scan, can give him even more details. Sometimes doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make pictures of organs and structures inside your body. It can help to rule out other problems that can cause similar symptoms.

From: Diagnosis for Sacroiliac Joint Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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Uptodate: "Evaluation of low back pain in adults.”

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Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cohen, S. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, published online Jan. 9, 2014.

Uptodate: "Musculoskeletal examination of the hip and groin."

UCLA: "Sacroiliac Joint Disease."

Tuite, Michael J. Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology, 2008.

Uptodate: "Evaluation of low back pain in adults.”

Laslett, M. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 2008.

Steven P. Cohen, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; director, pain research, Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

Medscape: “Sacroiliac Injection” and “Sacroiliac Joint Injury Workup.”

Pain Physician : "Ultrasound-guided sacroiliac joint injection technique."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

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