The Radiology Department at The Orthopaedic Institute is equipped with multiple digital x-ray units at all of our locations. We are proud to have a full staff of qualified radiologists and technicians. Get in touch with our radiologists in Illinois if you need an x-ray or MRI performed.
What is an X-Ray?
An X-ray is a painless and quick test that uses electromagnetic radiation to produce images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones — which can help a radiologist diagnose many medical conditions.
By x-raying our patients at The Orthopaedic Institute, we are able to provide the physicians with the types of images they need to be able to diagnose and treat your symptoms on the spot. By reading your x-rays here, our doctors eliminate another charge to the patient and also expedite your care.
How are Digital X-Rays Used?
Digital x-rays are performed similarly to conventional x-rays, but use a special imaging detector that “reads” the body part rather than exposing it on film. This is the same technique used for regular digital cameras. Digital x-rays allow for faster results and delivery to other doctors, as the images can be viewed on a computer rather than having to send the actual film. This technique also exposes patients to less radiation, a minor risk involved in conventional x-rays.
What is an MRI?
We also have Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) units at our Herrin and Paducah locations, staffed by Registered MRI technologists, and capable of producing high quality images of all spinal and extremity anatomy. The benefits of having the unit permit us to schedule patients sometimes the same day, or to meet their schedule. The studies are then read by a board certified radiologist, and the results and a plan of treatment are instituted in a timely manner.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, radiation-free scanning technology that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to produce clear and detailed three-dimensional images of nearly all organs and hard and soft tissues in the body. It uses radiofrequency waves, making it safer than other imaging techniques that may use radiation.
How are MRIs Used?
An MRI can be used to identify or precisely locate an injury or abnormality, to scan for developing problems or analyze damage from previous trauma, and to aid in the planning of surgery. Since MRI can produce images of any area of the body, it can be an invaluable tool for detecting a wide range of joint and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as determining the cause of back pain.
Each MRI scan can last from two to 15 minutes, but up to six images may be needed for a proper diagnosis, for an average total exam time of about 15 to 45 minutes. The procedure is completely painless, however some patients are bothered by the noises of the machine; in these cases, ear plugs may be helpful. MRI results are usually available within 24-48 hours; your doctor will discuss the results with you at this point.
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The speed and safety of digital x-rays and MRIs make them the preferred imaging tests that are among the many top-quality services we are proud to offer. Get in touch with our radiologists in Illinois if you need an x-ray or MRI performed.