OrthoNeuro provides access to professional MRI in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding central Ohio cities to better diagnose your injury or illness. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive way for your physician to look into your body. The exam uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create images of the soft tissues and bones of the body and provide information that can improve your diagnosis. Schedule an MRI scan with us today and begin your recovery to an active lifestyle.
MRI images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information. The images will be provided to your physician or radiologist for interpretation.
How is the MRI Performed?
You will be asked to lie on a table and the technologist will position you comfortably. The table will be slid sideways into the open magnet. In most cases, only the extremity being imaged will be in the magnet.
What Can I Expect?
You won’t feel anything throughout the MRI scan; however, you may be in some discomfort at the time of your exam due to your pain. You will hear a muffled rumbling and/or a slight knocking sound.
How Long Will the Exam Take?
The complete exam takes 45-60 minutes.
OrthoNeuro does not offer an MRI on site. Once you are established as a patient, our physicians may order additional special tests such as an MRI to assist in your diagnosis.
Diagnostic x-rays provide the physician with the detailed information they can use to determine the best plan of treatment for your medical condition.
X-rays are electromagnetic waves that can pass through the body to create an image of the internal structures being examined. Soft body structures are less dense and appear darker on x-ray. Because bones have more density, they absorb or block more radiation and appear light or white on an x-ray. X-ray imaging can be used to diagnose fractures, bone irregularities, and irregularities, such as arthritis in the joint space between bones. OrthoNeuro offers x-ray services at all of our main locations.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is the use of high-frequency sound waves to visualize anatomic structures. Ultrasound is evolving as a diagnostic tool in assessing joint and soft tissue pathology. The exam is painless and allows the patient to see in real time their pathology. The procedure is done in the physician’s office and usually takes a few minutes. Shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and muscles and soft tissues may be examined. Diagnostic ultrasound is commonly used in the NFL and the Olympics. New and exciting treatment modalities using ultrasound are being investigated for plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and Achilles Tendonitis to name a few. Many times a diagnostic ultrasound may be used in place of an MRI. Diagnostic ultrasound is a developing technology that aids the physician in his decision to best treat the patient.
Computed tomography (CT) is a non-invasive medical test that assists the physician in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. A computer converts two-dimensional x-ray cross-sectional images into three-dimensional “slices” of the body part. CT scans of internal organs, and soft tissue provide greater detail and clarity than a regular x-ray.
Your OrthoNeuro physician may request a CT scan to diagnose problems in the spine, small bones in the extremities, and other soft tissue structures. They may also be used to test bone density when evaluating for osteoporosis.
How is the CT Scan Performed?
The technologist will place you on the exam table in a position appropriate for your medical condition. Straps and pillows may be used to assist you in maintaining the test position. The table will then move quickly through the scanner to detect the correct starting position. Then the table will move slowly through the machine while the scan is completed. You may be asked to hold your breath during the scan. Even small movements such as breathing can distort the image.
Following the scan, you will be asked to wait until the tech verifies the images are high enough quality for accurate interpretation.
OrthoNeuro offers comprehensive EMG tests in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas to diagnose and assess issues related to electrical activity in the brain, nerves, and muscles. For an accurate diagnosis and quick, effective treatment, schedule your EMG nerve testing with OrthoNeuro today.
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