Diagnosing your condition using advanced technology
ProHealth Care partners with radiology specialists to provide comprehensive imaging to diagnose orthopedic conditions. ProHealth Care also is home to a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) that makes radiology images available to physicians and radiologists 24/7. The PACS system allows radiologists to view your images from any location, regardless of which ProHealth Care facility the imaging was performed. Following are a just a few of the imaging services that may be used to diagnose orthopedic conditions:
64-slice computed tomography scanning (CT scanning)
Computed Tomography or CT imaging provides cross-sectional images or "slices" of anatomy, like the slices in a loaf of bread. Three-dimensional models of the body area can be created by stacking the slices together.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. It can often show problem areas of the body that cannot be shown by other diagnostic imaging methods (e.g., X-ray and CT scanning). For patient comfort, ProHealth Care offers open MRI and closed MRI.
A closed MRI machine is a tube in which a patient must lie very still. Patients who are claustrophobic or overweight may be uncomfortable due to the machine's small tube.
Open MRIs are patient-friendly alternatives to “tunnel, “tube,” or “closed” MRI machines. This offering is particularly helpful for those who are claustrophobic or fearful of smaller, closed spaces.
X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body, its organs and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes. When the body undergoes X-rays, different parts of the body allow varying amounts of the X-ray beams to pass through. The soft tissues in the body (such as blood, skin, fat and muscle) allow most of the X-ray to pass through and appear dark gray on the film. A bone or a tumor, both of which are denser than the soft tissues, allows less of the radiation to pass through and appears white on the X-ray.