Traditional X-rays use a stationary X-ray machine to create two-dimensional images of a specific area of your body, much like a photograph. During a CT scan, or computerized tomography, an X-ray unit rotates around your body and takes cross-sectional 3-D pictures, like slices, of the inside of your body. A computer then integrates these images to show bones and soft tissues with greater detail and clarity than regular x-rays. CT scans are used to visualize injuries to bones and surrounding soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Digital x-rays are superior to traditional film x-rays because they provide larger, clearer, color-enhanced images that result in a more accurate diagnosis. In addition, the size and shape of the x-ray system allows for faster and easier positioning that can lead to less stress for injured or ill patients. You are also exposed to much less radiation (up to 90% less) than traditional X-rays.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor, much like an x-ray movie. During fluoroscopy, an x-ray beam is passed through the body and the image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. In orthopaedics, we use fluoroscopy during surgery, most often when repairing fractures or operating on the spine.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses a magnetic field and a sophisticated computer system to give reliable and detailed images of the body. In orthopaedics, we use MRI for high quality images of soft tissue areas such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Our open MRI machine produces very clear images of the extremities, including the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle.
MRI can help provide information for a fast and accurate diagnosis and possibly reduce the need for exploratory surgery or other diagnostic procedures. Our open MRI machine was designed with your comfort in mind by providing spacious, stress-free accommodations for claustrophobic or larger patients.