Bone infection

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection. It is caused by bacteria or other germs.


X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation that can penetrate the body to form an image on film. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will appear white, air will be black, and other structures will be shades of gray depending on density. X-rays can provide information about obstructions, tumors, and other diseases, especially when coupled with the use of barium and air contrast within the bowel.


The skeleton consists of groups of bones which protect and move the body.


Osteomyelitis is infection in the bones. Often, the original site of infection is elsewhere in the body, and spreads to the bone by the blood. Bacteria or fungus may sometimes be responsible for osteomyelitis.


Bacterial infections can lead to the formation of pus, or to the spread of the bacteria in the blood.



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