Imaging Q & A
What is imaging?
Diagnostic imaging is a tool that Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton physicians use to find out the cause of your musculoskeletal pain. They can also assess the extent of any injury or deterioration and review the changes following surgery.
Imaging technologies produce pictures of the inside of your body, so your provider can examine your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in detail. Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton uses three main types of imaging: X-rays, MRI, and ultrasound.
What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?
Your body is a complex combination of tiny energy particles called atoms. MRI uses extremely strong magnets along with radio waves and computer imaging to manipulate your atoms and deliver an image of your body.
Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton has state-of-the-art MRI on-site featuring the widest opening and the most powerful magnet in the area. Having an MRI involves lying on a movable table that slides into the MRI machine, which surrounds your body.
The procedure can be noisy, so you may wear ear protection or listen to the radio. You might notice feelings of warmth and vibration during your scan, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. An MRI lasts an average of 30 to 45 minutes, during which time your technician communicates with you through an intercom every few minutes to make sure you’re OK.
What are X-rays and ultrasound imaging?
X-rays are the oldest type of imaging technology. They use ionizing radiation to produce images of your bones and joints. Modern X-rays use far less radiation, so the risks are minimal and far outweighed by the potential benefits of an accurate diagnosis.
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves that bounce off your tissues to produce moving images. Ultrasound is the safest form of diagnostic imaging and presents no risks to your health, even if you’re pregnant. This type of imaging is best for soft tissues and seeing movement.
What happens after a diagnostic imaging procedure?
Diagnostic imaging procedures don’t generally require any anesthetic or sedative, so you should be able to go home shortly afterward. It takes 24-48 hours for your provider to receive a report from the radiologist, after which they contact you to discuss the findings.
At Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton, they have cutting-edge MRI, X-ray, and ultrasound facilities on-site for your convenience. Find out more by calling their office today or book an appointment online.