Digital XRay & MRI
The Radiology Department at the Orthopeadic Institute is equipped with multiple digital x-ray units at all of our locations and is staffed by certified technologists. By x-raying our patients here, 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.
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. The speed and safety of digital x-rays make them the preferred type of imaging test and a top-quality service we are proud to offer.
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. 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.