Diagnostic imaging is essential for determining the cause of many kinds of musculoskeletal pain and monitoring healing. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Karl Siebuhr, MD, and Jonathan Kletter, PA-C, at Reconstructive Orthopaedics of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, have on-site digital X-ray for patient convenience. Call the office today to learn more about diagnostic imaging or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.
Diagnostic imaging uses advanced technology to examine the tissues and structures inside your body. It produces images or videos with which your provider assesses injuries, diagnoses the cause of musculoskeletal pain, and evaluates healing after surgery or other treatment.
You’ll likely need diagnostic imaging if you have a suspected fracture to view the break and see if there’s any other damage. Your provider also uses these images to realign broken bones and ensure they’re in the correct position.
There are numerous forms of diagnostic imaging. Some are best for examining soft tissues, and others for assessing bones and joints. Some produce highly detailed cross-sectional images of the entire body.
The type of diagnostic imaging you require depends on what your provider needs to look at it. One of the most versatile forms is X-ray, which Reconstructive Orthopaedics of Central Florida has on site.
X-ray is the original diagnostic imaging procedure. It uses ionizing radiation, which penetrates different tissues at specific rates, creating varying shades of black and white. On an X-ray, bones are bright white, soft tissues varying shades of gray, and air is black.
X-rays also display clear images of any metalwork in the body, such as rods, pins, and screws used to repair a fracture. It’s possible to diagnose and treat most musculoskeletal problems with X-rays, but sometimes patients require more detailed diagnostic imaging procedures.
The most common are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Both create cross-sectional views of the body, with CT using radiation and MRI using powerful magnets.
X-rays don’t require any special preparation. The X-ray technician positions you by the X-ray device and may cover other areas with lead aprons to minimize radiation exposure. Reconstructive Orthopaedics of Central Florida has digital X-ray technology that uses reduced quantities of radiation and produces instant results.
CT and MRI scans use large machines. The CT is donut-shaped, and you slide into the hole on a special table. MRI is a tube that envelops your body. You need to lie as still as possible and follow the instructions your technician gives you. You can speak to them anytime if you have problems, and if you dislike confined spaces, you can have a sedative to keep you calm.
After your diagnostic imaging procedure, your provider examines the results and advises you on the next actions required.
Call Reconstructive Orthopaedics of Central Florida to learn more about diagnostic imaging, or book an appointment online today.