Sports Medicine - Diagnostic Imaging
Munroe Sports Medicine offers x-ray services performed in the convenience and comfort of our offices. We have a certified technicians staffed in all 3 of our locations. Our orthopedic physicians have the ability to view the results of your x-rays within minutes of being taken; allowing us to quickly diagnose your problem. All x-rays are digitized images saved to your patient record for follow-up reference and comparison.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic tool used to produce pictures of specific body parts without the use of radiation. It is a painless procedure with no known side effects. It typically will take about 30-45 minutes to perform the scan. You are placed in a comfortable position and asked to remain as still as possible while the MRI is scanning. There is no special preparation for an MRI; you may eat and take any normal medication. An MRI can show the presence of inflammation or damage within ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones and organs; making it a very effective way to evaluate a problem. Once you’ve been scanned, your physician will follow-up with an appointment to discuss the results of your scan and any recommended treatment.
An open MRI is an MRI specially designed for claustrophobic and larger patients. It offers ample air flow and lighting to keep patients at ease while reducing anxiety. Ask your physician if an open MRI is right for you.
An MRI arthrogram is an imaging procedure in which a contrast liquid material is injected into the joint space before an MRI is performed. An arthrogram helps to evaluate the joint space when a problem is within the joint cartilage. MRI arthrograms are commonly used in the knee and shoulder to evaluate ACL, MCL, PCL, meniscus, rotator cuff and labral injuries.
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of the structures within the body. During the test, you will lie on a table with a large donut shaped machine around the body. During the test, the CT scanner rotates around the body producing thin sliced pictures with each rotation. All of the pictures are saved digitally to view a group on a computer. A CT scan is used to study all parts of the body, such as the chest, belly, brain, body organs, spinal cord, bones or blood vessels.