Essential Imaging in Rheumatolgy

This book offers an excellent review of the various rheumatological conditions, both common and uncommon, that may present on imaging on a daily basis. The book uses a unique format that will be beneficial for clinicians, radiologists, medical students, and consultant staff. The text is written by both rheumatology and radiology staff to provide a balanced approach. A clinical overview and the common clinical presentations are briefly reviewed for each condition followed by a more detailed discussion of imaging findings produced by the various imaging modalities, including radiographs, ultrasound, MRI, CT, and nuclear medicine. This book details the imaging of normal musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology; discusses image-guided musculoskeletal interventions; and examines disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease, osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, infection-related arthritis, soft tissue calcification, and bone and synovial tumors. Featuring over 600 multi-part, high-resolution images of rheumatic diseases across current imaging modalities, Essential Imaging in Rheumatology offers up-to-date and complete information on the imaging of these disorders.
Developed by the authors of Essential Imaging In Rheumatology are three new exciting interactive imaging Apps that enhance the invaluable information provided in the book.
Rheumatology and imaging are closely linked specialties particularly with the expansion of the imaging armamentarium available to the rheumatologists in the last decade. Imaging has a strong impact on patient diagnosis, management and outcome, requiring both the rheumatologist and the radiologist to have a clear understanding of pathologies and their variable imaging appearances, differential diagnosis and optimal imaging algorithms. 
A primary focus of our ” Imaging In Rheumatology Edicational Initiative ” is to thus to stimulate interest in rheumatological imaging and as such we are delighted to provide a be able to provide our “UnRavelling Spondyloarthropathy” App free.

“The book succeeds in what the editor sets out to achieve in merging clinical presentations with imaging patterns of disease in a wide gamut of rheumatologic disorders. … comprehensive and caters to a large target audience of general radiologists, radiology residents, and, in particular, rheumatologists at all levels of training for whom it will be a most excellent resource.”

(Darra T. Murphy, Radiology, Vol. 277 (2), November, 2015)


“The authors have done an excellent job tying the clinical aspects of rheumatic diseases to the radiographic findings. … This book should be recommended to all PGY-4 and -5 rheumatology trainees as essential reading. It is a concise reference source for radiologists and rheumatologists delivering up-to-date and complete information on the imaging of rheumatic disease.”

(Andy Thompson, CRAJ Journal of Canadian Rheumatology Association, Vol. 25 (3), 2015)


“This book is aimed at radiologists and rheumatologists … . It will sit nicely in the reporting room next to the workstation as a useful source of information. … The text is well linked with colour illustrations and good quality images. … I would recommend this as a useful benchbook for radiologists, principally for musculoskeletal plain film reporting but also as a reference for an overview of more advanced imaging in rheumatology.” 

(Stephen Davies, RAD Magazine, July, 2015)


Imaging is an essential component in both the diagnosis and management of rheumatic disease and something every rheumatologist strives to improve. As a rheumatology fellow, this was one of the most daunting and challenging areas of the specialty. Useful comprehensive resources were and are both welcome and appreciated.

I have had the absolute pleasure to review a new rheumatology title, “Essential Imaging in Rheumatology”. The book’s editor is Dr. John O’Neill who is an Associate Professor of Radiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Essentials of Rheumatology Imaging covers all current methods of imaging and imaging techniques related to common rheumatic symptoms and specific rheumatic diseases. This is a well-written and comprehensive resource. It is both comprehensive in its coverage of the rheumatic diseases and its description of multiple imaging modalities including radiographs, ultrasound, bone scan, CT, and MRI. Each section starts with an overview of the clinical aspects of the disease followed by an in-depth discussion of the imaging modalities, including high-resolution images, used in diagnosis and management.

The authors have done an excellent job tying the clinical aspects of the diseases to the radiographic findings. This is an important feature for new learners as they appreciate the relationship between clinical and radiographic findings. The more experienced learner is also with some of the more rare diseases or more esoteric radiographic findings.

This book should be recommended to all PGY-4 and 5 rheumatology trainees as essential reading. It is a concise reference source for radiologists and rheumatologists delivering up-to-date and complete information on the imaging of rheumatic disease.

– A Thompson, Amazon Review




We have recently released the second edition of 3 Imaging Apps in Rheumatology, the ESIMR series, Essential Imaging In Rheumatology. This is a joint project between rheumatology and radiology to increase awareness and understanding of the indications,assessment and impact of imaging in rheumatological disease.Available on iOS and Google play,can also be accessed via the Canadian Rheumatology Association website (‘Smartphone Apps’section of the CRA website).We were fortunate to provide all Apps free download for a limited period on both iOS/Android App Store (ESIMR) as well as free desktop downloads. 


Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Proper ultrasound examination and interpretation hinges on thorough knowledge of the relevant anatomy, artifacts, and technique. This book provides an excellent foundation by going beyond pathology and concentrating on these fundamentals. Basic physics and artifact recognition and prevention are outlined. Chapters review essential anatomy and include images and tables that highlight relevant bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Sites of attachment and the best positions for examination are also noted. Technique is presented via a three-tiered approach and photographs of patients in the transducer position are matched with the resulting ultrasound images and complementary anatomical overlays.

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“The book seems particularly relevant for musculoskeletal radiologists,
ultrasonographers, radiology residents and fellows, rheumatologists,
orthopedists, sports medicine physicians, and physical medicine/rehabilitation
physicians. … This is an excellent reference with high quality illustrations and
photos that will be effective in teaching the ultrasound anatomy of the
musculoskeletal system and performance of a comprehensive ultrasound exam
of any joint in the body.”

(Evan A Liokis, Doody’s Review Service, May, 2009)

“Concise knowledge offered. I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon new to
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – and this book is exactly what is needed. No long
winded descriptions but a specific methodology on what can and can’t be done.
Very helpful for a beginner and most probs the only book you will need in this


“Very good textbook. Now is very easy to prepare to my licence exam for MSK ultrasound.”