Clinical imaging services are an integral component of the healthcare industry. They help doctors make the correct diagnosis so that the most effective treatment options can be put into place as soon as possible. Here are some clinical imaging services that are commonly recommended for both bone and soft tissue injuries and disorders.
X-rays are often recommended for bone conditions such as injuries and degenerative bone disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and osteoporosis. Traditional x-rays are also used extensively in dental practices. The regular x-rays that you get in your dentist's office are called bitewing x-rays.
Because traditional x-rays are most effective in revealing bone disorders, they may not be suitable for conditions of the internal organs, muscles, or tendons. Traditional x-rays use ionizing radiation, however, both patients and staff are typically well-protected from the radiation with the use of lead aprons and lead shields.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Clinical imaging services such as magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI, produce high-quality images that allow physicians to diagnose many medical conditions when they are in their very early stages. MRI technology is effective in diagnosing diseases of internal organs and neurological disorders. It is also commonly used by doctors to monitor progressive illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or to monitor the activity of brain tumors and aneurysms.
During the MRI procedure, the patient lies flat in the scanner, which is often called "the tube." Magnetic resonance imaging takes longer to capture images than regular x-rays, however, the superior resolution and detail of the images are very helpful to the radiologists who interpret the results.
While the MRI technicians will usually not be in the same room with you during your scan, they will be constantly monitoring you from a window in the next room. If you need help or want to speak with a technician, all you have to do is raise your hand and they will respond promptly.
If you need clinical imaging services such as traditional x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging, consider the above features. In addition, your healthcare provider will discuss the various imaging tests with you and recommend the best type for your specific needs. Virtually all insurance providers cover the costs of clinical imaging services. If however, you do not have insurance or if your provider does not cover enough of the cost, your doctor and hospital are likely to offer you a payment plan.