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 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 and a small probe pressed against the skin. This is then transmitted to a video feed that is viewable to our specialists in real-time, and for review later. This probe is similar to the device used to see a fetus in the womb, and serves as a sheath to the body part being injected – usually a joint or a tendon. Once your doctor identifies anatomical landmarks, the injection is administered while watching the needle with an ultrasound. Ultrasound technology is similar to that used by sonar and radar utilized in military applications, but with a much more precise effect.
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 for diagnosis. 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 for assisting with the procedure itself. Particularly, they lend themselves the ability to ensure fluids are being injected with precision, and in their ideal location. An ultrasound is also a helpful way to assist with 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.
DIGITAL X-RAY TECHNOLOGY
Using digital X-ray technology, we’re able 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.
Benefits of Digital X-rays
- Minimal processing time
- Quick image sharing
- Less exposure time
- High-quality images
- Easier to use
- No need for imaging plates or film
During the X-ray process, one of our technicians will show you the appropriate positions to place yourself in so that we can capture the necessary view of the affected area(s). We will ask you to remain in this position while the X-ray is being taken in order to ensure that we are able to capture the highest quality imagery. In some circumstances, multiple X-rays in multiple positions may be required in order for us to obtain the best view of the impacted area(s) and provide the most thorough diagnosis.