How do you know which imaging technology is best after a sports accident or serious fall? Is it an X-ray…an MRI, or a CT scan?
As every orthopedic injury is unique and should be treated as such, it’s possible you may need one or a combination of these tests for a proper diagnosis.
Here’s what each one does:
Quick, easy test to determine if bones are broken
Imagery of bones is limited to straight-on, one-dimensional view
Magnetic field and radio frequency pulses surround the entire body, or a specific part, to create an image
Best for showing soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, and internal organs
Also, good for assessing areas with irritation and swelling
Longer procedure than taking an X-ray, and must remain perfectly still to capture accurate images
A safe option if pregnant as there is no exposure to radiation
Uses X-ray imagery but is able to see injuries from many different angles unlike a standard x-ray
Bets choice for showing skeletal structure and bones
Most useful in diagnosing head, neck, and back injuries
Texas Orthopedics has complete X-ray capabilities at all of our locations, and MRI services conveniently available at three of our offices. All of these tests are performed by our highly-trained staff of radiologic technologists.