At the Osteopathic Center, we have many diagnostic tools to assist us with improving your healthcare. One of the unique techniques we specialize in is the use of ultrasound and x-ray technology for precision in the administration of injections. Image guided injections aid in helping doctors be exact when injecting their patients and still keep motion while the mechanism takes assessment. The diagnostic precision attained by the usage of ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs have even demonstrated improved accuracy particularly with anatomically difficult locations, such as deep tendons, hip joints versus easily felt superficial areas.
An ultrasound scan, also referred to as “sonography” is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. An ultrasound allows your doctor to detect problems with your organs, vessels, and tissues without incisions. The procedure involves guided injections comparable to any other medical injections and a small probe attached to a video monitor that is pressed against the skin. This probe is akin to the device used to see a fetus in the womb, and serves as a sheath to the body part to be injected – usually a joint or a tendon. Once your doctor identifies anatomic landmarks, the injection is administered while watching the needle with an ultrasound. Ultrasound technology is similar to that used by sonar and radar, which help the military detect planes and ships.
Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasounds use no radiation. You doctor may order an ultrasound if you are having pain, swelling, or other symptoms that require an internal view of your organs. Ultrasounds can help diagnose musculoskeletal injuries as well as tissue and bone abnormalities. Because they are an excellent way to visualize fluids, they also serve as a guide assisting with the procedure itself. Particularly, they lend themselves the ability to ensure fluids are being injected with precision in their ideal location. An ultrasound is also a helpful way to assist doctor’s movements during other more complex medical procedures and surgeries.
X-Rays are a valuable tool used by doctors to help in the diagnosis or management of many medical conditions. They are a type of radiation (like those found in lights and microwaves) and are often used to investigate the cause of your symptoms by confirming the existence or absence of injury or disease. The process is fast, painless, non-invasive, and requires zero recovery time. An x-ray machine acts much like a camera. The rays penetrate your body to create a 2-dimensional image for the doctor to review.
We know that the use of x-rays is not without risk. We are all exposed to natural background radiation every day. What we eat, drink, breathe, as well as our environment all contribute to our daily radiation exposure. A four-hour airline flight will expose you to the same amount of radiation as a simple chest x-ray would. Potential damaging effects caused by x-rays and related scans usually only become significant after a substantial number of high radiation-dose scans. X-Rays are not recommended if you are pregnant or underage as you may be more sensitive to their effects and have more risks. While being exposed to significant amounts of radiation may cause cell damage or increase your risk of developing cancer in the far future, the average risks are notably low and are greatly outweighed by potential benefits to your recovery and ultimate health.