When it comes to orthopaedic conditions, the ability to see what’s going on inside your body is paramount. At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., our team Is equipped with the latest advanced imaging equipment, at their locations in Wyomissing and Exeter, Pennsylvania, to provide you with accurate diagnoses and treatment. To learn more about the imaging services at Orthopaedic Associates or Reading. Ltd. call or request an appointment.
IMAGING SERVICES Q&A
1. Why do I need to have imaging services?
While the answer to this question may seem obvious – to diagnose an injury to your body or a disease that affects your musculoskeletal system – imaging services go far beyond simply locating a bone fracture or arthritis in your joints.
With advanced imaging, out team is able to confirm or rule out a host of possible diagnoses in order to ensure that you get the right treatment, Imaging is trick and isn’t as good as laying eyes on the area in question, which would entail the doctor going in surgically. To avoid unnecessary surgery out staff is highly trained in reading imaging that paints a picture of the structures below your skin.
2. What imaging services are provided?
The Wyomissing and Exeter locations of Orthopaedic Associates or Reading. Ltd. are equipped with:
X-ray technology is the workhorse of orthopaedics because of its ability to quickly provide a snapshot of the bones and tissue in any given area. X-rays rely on electromagnetic waves to provide a black-and-white image of the inside of your body.
The calcium in your body absorbs the most radiation, which is why it shows up as white on an X-ray. The less calcium you have, the darker the image becomes. When there’s only air the image is black since the radiation isn’t absorbed by anything.
Wide Bone MRI
The Wide Bone MRI service delivers both high magnet strength, high quality imaging and the procedure is shorter in duration than an Open MRI. It is ideal for larger patients and patients that would otherwise get claustrophobic because it has a 70cm opening.
3. What is fluoroscopy?
Imaging isn’t just for diagnoses, as it plays a large role in some treatments. For example, our staff relies on X-ray technology for fluroscope-guided joint injections. Think of fluroscopy as a moving X-ray, rather than a static picture. If your surgeon needs to target a very small area inside your body, this imaging allows our physician to precisely and accurately administer an injection with a real-time X-ray video.
If you would like to learn more about the state-of-the-art imaging services at Orthopaedic Associates or Reading Ltd. call or request an appointment.