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 increased precision in the administration of injections. Image guided injections aid in helping doctors be even more accurate when injecting their patients, and maintain motion while the mechanism takes assessment. The diagnostic precision attained by the usage of ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs have demonstrated improved accuracy even in anatomically difficult locations, such as deep tendons, hip joints versus easily examined superficial areas.
An ultrasound scan (also referred to as “sonography”) is medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. Ultrasounds can help diagnose musculoskeletal injuries, as well as tissue and bone abnormalities without using an invasive procedure. When we use ultrasound, a small probe is pressed against your skin. The probe transmits a video feed that is viewable to us in real-time, and also later for review. This probe is similar to the device used to see a fetus in the womb; we most often use it in connection with a joint or a tendon. Once we identify anatomical landmarks, the injection begins. The ultrasound ensures the needle goes exactly where we want it to go.
Ultrasound imaging is an excellent way to visualize fluids, and that is why it is so helpful during the procedure. Ultrasound imaging ensures fluids are being injected with precision. An ultrasound is also a helpful way to assist with doctor’s movements during other more complex medical procedures and surgeries.
With ultrasound, we can do what is called “dynamic motion.” For example, when looking at a knee joint, we can see the instability of the joint as the knee actually moves. This instability cannot be seen on an MRI or X-ray.
X-rays are a valuable tool in the diagnosis or management of many medical conditions. They are a type of radiation (like those found in visible light 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, and non-invasive. An X-ray machine acts much like a camera: the rays penetrate your body to create a 2-dimensional image of the problem area.
We know that the use of X-rays is not without risk. We minimize that risk by using digital X-ray technology. It allows us to provide you with a quicker, more thorough diagnosis in a shorter amount of time and reduce your radiation exposure during the X-ray process by at least 75 percent. Digital X-ray technology also provides us with enhanced imagery and better image quality, which allows us to diagnose issues in a more efficient and effective manner. This improved technology also allows for quicker image sharing, and enables us to collaborate with other medical specialists quickly and effectively if needed.
This particular form of X-ray imaging uses digital sensors and a digital image capture device rather than photographic film to take X-rays. Digital radiography increases the efficiency of the X-ray process, and provides higher quality than film and more enhanced imagery. Digital radiography also uses less radiation to produce images, which in turn exposes our patients to lower levels of radiation, and reduces the risks associated with conventional X-ray techniques.