We Can Help You Document Your Work Injury

Regardless of what kind of industry or field you work in, worksite injuries are serious problems for both companies and employees. In case of an injury, the company must find the cause of the injury. And the employee might be out of work for weeks, months, or even years recovering or managing a debilitating injury. Furthermore, if there are court proceedings to determine employee compensation, proper medical images may need to be produced so that a jury can understand the extent of the injury and the effect it will have on the employee’s quality of life.

Having a work injury can be a very difficult time period for an employee. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, there were as many as 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017 reported by private industries. It may be the responsibility of both employees and employers to make sure that working conditions are as safe as possible. But some accidents cannot be avoided.

At Doctors Imaging, we’ve handled a variety of work-related injuries and we are confident that our equipment and professional experience can be helpful for all courts and attorneys. Finding a private imaging center will be cheaper than visiting a hospital, can take half the time, and can give you just the same or better results. We accept all major health insurance plans and we can make flexible payment plans if your settlement case is ongoing but you need to seek treatment.

For your work-related injury, have your imaging performed at Doctors Imaging. Our radiologists have over 100 years of combined experience and our technology is state of the art. If you have more questions, please call us at 504-883-8111 or use our contact form.

Car Accident Head Injuries, Safety and Precautions

Car accidents can be some of the scariest moments of one’s life. Despite the innovations and advances in automobile safety technology, human error is still hard to beat. About half of all reported head injuries are the result of an automobile accidents. Buckling seatbelts is a major preventative measure that everyone should apply when riding in a car. However, car accident head injuries can still come from steering wheel collisions, airbag deployment as well as window, windshield and debris injury.

Head injuries can vary in the degree of seriousness. Some walk away with a bump on the head often referred to as a contusion, other suffer from conditions like concussions, some have more traumatic brain injury episodes like  memory loss. In the event of a car accident, having the proper body and brain imaging can be a major protective measure against progression of the injury.

At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we have lots of experience helping those that have suffered from car accident head injuries. Whether it is our digital X-ray capabilities for broken bones or MRIs to determine the extent of brain injury, at Doctors Imaging we are committed to providing affordable and quality imaging services for the greater New Orleans area.

The newest addition to the Doctors Imaging services is diffuse tensor imaging (DTI). Because car accident head injuries are so common, we are very proud to be offering this service to the Gulf South region because of the numerous benefits it provides. Diffuse tensor imaging is an advanced form of MRI that traces the movement of water and hydrogen atoms in the nerve pathways of the brain. You may be wondering, how is this method better than traditional MRI scans?

Traditional MRI scans are the best for determining internal or soft tissue damage in the body. However, CT scans and MRI are not equipped to trace the nerve pathways in the white matter of the brain and highlight otherwise unseen brain injuries. DTI goes further than the traditional brain scan. Water molecules follow a certain pattern in the brain along the nerve pathways. When you can see that the path has been disrupted, physicians know to look further into this area to find possible injury. Because head injuries can appear non-threatening, they can develop into more serious conditions in the weeks and months after the accident.

DTI is especially useful for concussed patients. Some concussions can heal in a few days while others can leave more lasting injuries. The only way that diffuse tensor imaging can be performed is with a 3.0 Tesla MRI and special software capabilities. Doctors Imaging in Metairie is the only facility in the Gulf South area to have this capability and as such we receive patients all over the region looking to determine the extent of their sport, work and car accident head injuries.

If you have more questions about head injuries, diffuse tensor imaging or other injuries that require imaging, please feel free to contact Doctors Imaging at 504-833-8111 or peruse our DTI Service Page for more information. If you would like to set up an appointment for DT imaging or other kinds of imaging, you can use our Request Appointment function as well.

Runner’s Knee Pain and Solutions

Whether for sport or just personal enjoyment, running is a great way to stay fit and active. On average, running can burn as many as 600 calories in an hour and slow jogging can even burn about 400 calories. Whatever your speed is, getting active with running can be a great way to help burn fat, stretch your muscles and keep your heart healthy.

Runners Knee in New Orleans Metairie LouisianaHowever, there can be some downsides to running. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or Runner’s Knee is a common complaint for runners. Runner’s knee refers to a pain that comes and goes within and around the knee and leg. This condition doesn’t just affect runners, it can affect anyone that does activities that require intense usage of the knee muscles. Commonly reported symptoms of runner’s knee are:

  • pain behind or around the kneecap
  • pain when bending the knee for any reason like standing, sitting, kneeling etc.
  • worsening pain when walking or going up and down stairs
  • popping or grinding sensation in the knee
  • pain when stretching the knee and leg

Running is a strenuous activity. If it is not done properly before, during and after it can cause injury. When you run, your body weight is being pushed off and then brought down upon your knees. This pressure is what causes muscle soreness and tearing if one does not stretch properly before and after heavy activity. In addition, if you are just beginning a running routine, start slow and work your muscles up to actual sprinting or long distance running.

What is the Treatment for Runner’s Knee?

Runner’s knee is an uncomfortable condition but not necessarily a medical emergency. However, if you continue to use improper techniques or don’t rest the knee enough, it can easily become a serious problem.

1. Stretching

Light stretching of the knee can help to alleviate tension and pain making it easier to continue a running regiment. Stretching is smart technique to implement before any kind of exercise in order to keep good blood flow and muscles relaxed.

2. Compression Sleeves

Compression sleeves for the knee can help to make sure that pressure is evenly distributed through the knee as well as helping to support it.

3. Elevation and Ice

If you are having difficulty moving after exercise, be sure to elevate and apply ice to the knee. This will stop tense muscles from swelling and ease the pain.

4. Wearing Running Shoes

Shoes are a crucial of running properly without injury. If you have flat feet or orthopedic issues, running can be extremely harmful to the knees. Be sure that you are wearing shoes that are designed for running and if you have problems like fallen arches or flat feet, buy shoe inserts that will help support your feet.

5. Consider Other Problems

If your knee pain is persistent and these other suggestions are not seeing beneficial results, there may be a bigger problem causing your pain. You could have soft tissue damage or ligament and tendon issues.

Patellar tendonitis is a common athletic injury that can often be confused with runner’s knee. The patellar tendon is the bit of muscle that connects the kneecap to the shinbone, as a result, this tendon has to absorb a lot of the pressure from running. A physical examination along with an MRI would be the easiest way to find out if what your knee needs.

You could have bone alignment issues that need to be addressed. X-rays would be the easiest way to determine if you have a misalignment in the knee or leg bones that are causing undue pressure on the knee.

If you have knee pain that is interfering with your daily life and activities, consider having your doctor send you to have medical imaging performed at Doctors Imaging in Metairie. Our state of the art equipment and years of experience reassure our patient’s thorough, fast results. You can set up an appointment online through our Request Appointment form or you can call our offices at 504-883-8111.

Widespread Pain Could Be Fibromyalgia

Pain is part of the human condition. It is our body’s response to unpleasant stimuli or injury. Pain is a signal that something is dangerous and reminds us to not to do it again. However, there are the conditions that cause chronic pain as a part of their symptom list. One major contributor to chronic pain is fibromyalgia. The symptoms for fibromyalgia are varied and can easily mimic the effects of other diseases.

Some commonly reported symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread, persisting pain throughout the body lasting longer than six months. Other symptoms include constant fatigue, low energy, reduced tolerance of exercise or aerobic activity, numbness or tingling in the extremities, tension headaches and what is described as the “fibro fog” or a difficulty remembering details or concentrating.

As you can see, these kind of symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed as part of the aging process, fatigue, or just too much stress. In fact, fibromyalgia has been connected to high levels of stress. Even the breakdown of the name fibromyalgia can be vague. If we look at the Latin roots of the word, “fibro” refers to the fibrous tissues in the body, “myo” meaning muscle and “alga” meaning pain translates into “pain in the muscles and the fibrous tissue.” In essence, that includes about 90% of the body.

There is no standard medical test that can conclusively diagnose fibromyalgia. What happens is really a lesson in elimination. After the physical and blood tests have been performed, medical imaging is another method to eliminate possible causes for chronic pain like tumors or structural deformities. Medical imaging tests like full-body MRIs and brain CTs can rule out most of the common causes of chronic pain and point to fibromyalgia.

Doctors have not yet found the cause behind fibromyalgia. Some theorize that it could be a combination of genetic, environmental and autoimmune and neurological. According to some research, the brains of some fibromyalgia patients have shown to contain some functional and structural differences from the brains of healthy patients. While the research hopes to find a cause for the condition, patients still need to find solutions and therapies to help deal with the symptoms.

Some patients have found success in physical therapy, where the physicality helps to keep them in shape and find management for their pain. Exercise has been proven to helpful for some patients. Aquatic exercise like swimming can be particularly helpful because the buoyancy of the water provides relief for inflamed joints.  Other physicians recommend psychological therapy, in particular cognitive behavioral therapy, to help with the mental toll of chronic pain. Some patients utilize pain management medications, everything from anti-seizure medications to anti-depressants to opiates. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is important to talk to your doctor about the right pain management system for your lifestyle.

If you have more questions about medical imaging for chronic pain conditions or fibromyalgia, feel free to use our Request an Appointment feature to schedule a consultation or call our offices at 504-833-8111 to speak with a representative of Doctors Imaging in Metairie.

Chronic Pain Conditions, Causes, and Symptoms

Pain is always a difficult aspect of life but for some, there is relief in the healing process. Unfortunately for some, pain is a constant plague. There are certain conditions in which the main symptom is long-term pain and those with these conditions have to navigate multiple avenues to manage their symptoms. Luckily most of these conditions are diagnosable and while not all can be cured, they can be managed with the right methods.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition that most often affects those who have jobs that require a lot of standing throughout the day. Sciatica refers to pain in the sciatic nerve that runs from the tailbone along the back of the leg, down to the foot. Common symptoms include a burning or tingling sensation in the back of the leg, difficulty standing or walking, severe pain on one side of the body (it rarely happens in both legs), or worsening pain upon sitting. The sciatic nerve is actually the largest nerve in the body so when it hurts, it can be debilitating. Fortunately, sciatic pain is not a forever curse, with things like massage therapy, light exercise and stretching, most have found relief from sciatic pain.

Lupus

Lupus is a congenital disease that affects the immune system. Normally our immune system make antibodies that fight off infections, viruses and parasites. However, when a person has lupus, the body begins making autoantibodies that attack healthy tissue because the body cannot tell the difference between healthy and dangerous tissue. Lupus is considered a chronic pain condition, however it is not a continuous pain. Lupus is a disease that has flares. Lupus mostly strikes women between adolescence and pre-menopause with as many as 16,000 cases diagnosed every year. Pain is most often concentrated in the joints with these patients. Lupus pain can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, certain therapies like massage and acupuncture, and physical therapy.

Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis is a Greek word for “choking,” spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal column. This causes undue pressure on the spinal cord. The spinal cord relays most of the body’s signals and when there is pressure on certain nerves, pain signals can become hectic. Like sciatic pain, spinal stenosis usually happens in the lower back and travels along the back of the leg. There are different causes of spinal stenosis including age, trauma, genetic conditions, and arthritis. Spinal stenosis is usually diagnosed through medical imaging procedures such as spinal MRIs, CTs or myelogram, a form of X-ray in which dye is injected to highlight the narrowing. Like other chronic pain conditions, spinal stenosis can be treated with physical therapy, exercise, medication, or spinal stenosis surgery.

If you have more questions about diagnosing your chronic pain conditions or want to schedule an appointment, please use our Request an Appointment feature or call our offices in Metairie at 504-883-8111.

Could a Knee MRI help Solve Your Knee Pain Mystery?

There are areas of the body that you use every day without even realizing their importance. Sure, we know we need our hands and eyes, but do you ever thank your knees when you jump up to reach a shelf or take a knee to get that lost shoe under the bed? Knees, like our elbows, allow us to have a greater range of motion and to perform some of our most basic functions like walking, running and squatting. However, with all this movement, knees can take a real beating. Knee pain is one of the most common complaints orthopedic surgeons receive and because of how much we use our knees, knee pain can be debilitating with cures few and far between.

Knee pain can be the result of a number of conditions. Before we begin, some basic anatomy of the knee might be helpful in explaining these conditions. The knee is the connecting structure between the tibia and the femur bones, dependent on the fluidity and motion of certain elements, namely bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. When we do things like run or jump, our knees act like shock absorbers, taking the pressure of our movements and molding back into place. When there is pain in the knees, doctors must look at multiple possible causes and use knee MRI technology to find the answer.

1. Ligaments

In the knee, there are four crucial ligaments; anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate on the back of the knee as well as the lateral collateral and medial collateral on the sides of the knee. Ligaments are fibrous connective tissue that connect bones to other bones, keeping them stable. Stretched or torn ligaments are extremely painful and make it almost impossible to walk. Commonly experienced in athletes, torn ligaments require surgery and physical therapy in order to regain full range of motion.

2. Worn Cartilage

Cartilage is another kind of connective tissue in the knee but cartilage acts at the shock absorber for the different activities of the knee, protecting the bones and ligaments in the knee. We have cartilage in many different parts of the body like ears, joints, and the nose. It is a soft material that can be worn down with overuse. Professional athletes, football players and soccer players in particular, are known for worn down cartilage in the knee. The problem with worn cartilage is that once it is gone, it is gone. When people speak of torn cartilage they are usually referring to a torn medial meniscus, a band of cartilage that lies between the tibia, femur, fibula and patella.

3. Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect people of all ages. Uric acid fills up in the blood and then inflames the body’s joints, particularly the feet. It is very painful to perform normal everyday acts like walking or running. Often it will look like a bunion on the side of the foot except that it will be more malleable from fluid rather than bone.

4. Tendinitis

Tendons attach muscles to bone or in some cases to structures like the eyeball. When they become torn or inflamed, movement is impaired. The quadriceps tendon and the patellar tendon connect the patella or kneecap, to the muscles of the leg, allowing our knees to bend and the patella, which is totally disconnected without these tendons, to move and still protect the interior of the knee.

5. Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful hardening of the joints. A common occurrence for us as we age, as the bones in the joints continue to harden, movement becomes more impaired and painful. There are therapies, prescription and holistic approaches to dealing with the condition but there is currently no cure for arthritis.

The pain you are experiencing could be any one of these conditions. Make an appointment with your local orthopedic physician about what kinds of treatments you might need to help alleviate or manage your knee pain. Most will recommend that you have an knee MRI performed in order to rule out some of these conditions because MRIs are highly accurate for examining the soft tissues of the body in great detail.

You have a choice when it comes to deciding where to have your MRI performed. For more information about MRIs at Doctors Imaging in Metairie, Louisiana, visit our MRI Service Page or call us at 504-833-8111 to speak with our office representative.

Understanding Arthritis Treatment and Medical Imaging

Arthritis is a common and painful condition that affects millions of people. For most, arthritis begins its onset after one has reached a certain age but for many, it can begin much earlier. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are medications, therapies and topical solutions that can help alleviate the pain and help people continue to have a respectable standard of living.

What exactly is arthritis? Arthritis, in essence, is the hardening or calcification of the joints of the body. Arthritis can affect any part of the body that has a jointed connection. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Arthritis or osteoarthritis is defined as a painful inflammation or stiffness of the joints commonly caused by age, genetic condition, or health problems. Every movement that is made with your body is calibrated by joints. They help your muscles and bones move and stretch the way you want them to. When arthritis takes over these areas, inflammation and painful swelling causes the bones to move, stiffen and twist.

As one can imagine, this is a very painful condition. Because joints are necessary to most movement, when arthritis affects areas like hands, feet and knees, many people have difficulty staying mobile, keeping their jobs or just maneuvering through their daily activities like making food, opening doors or walking down the street.

Most people think that the elderly are the only ones that can fall victim to arthritis. In actuality, people of all ages can develop the condition. The most common form of arthritis for younger individual to notice is rheumatoid arthritis. RA happens when the body’s antibodies begin to attack the body’s joints. There is no cure so many people find it difficult to hold down steady job and family interactions without some form of assistance.

Since there is, unfortunately, no cure for arthritis, what can those who are afflicted do to relieve their pain and pressure? Many doctors and studies recommend exercise a very beneficial way to promote energy and to decrease the painful swelling. As the body’s heart rate increases, so does blood flow. Blood flow entering these arthritic joints is key to help alleviating the pain.

Swimming is another great option for arthritis treatment. The buoyancy of the water and the coolness or warmth of your pool or hot bath can help relieve pain and allow for movement. In addition, if one has arthritis in the ankle or feet, floating on the water can help with pain management, mobility, weight control and general mood and energy improvement. Some use topical creams and pain relief salves to help with their pain, others use pharmaceuticals or holistic approaches. Whatever works to help you feel better, do so.

For many, keeping an eye out on the progression and changes of their arthritis can be helpful toward learning about new medication and therapies that may provide comfort. Surgery can sometimes help with arthritic joints like the shoulder, knee, the spine and the hips. This can be done with medical imaging procedures such as X-rays and MRIs. With X-rays, doctors can see how arthritis is progressing, how it is affected the others bones in the area and what the effects will be in the future of this condition. Remember that arthritis is common, most people have it in some part of their body. For many that lived a rambunctious life as a teenager they will find later on in life that the area in which a break occurred, now has arthritis. It’s a painful lesson but it can also help to reinforce the importance of safety equipment like helmets and shin guards.

MRIs are another form of medical imaging that could a lot of benefits for those searching for arthritis solutions for when the condition increases in degree, the pain and swelling can cause blood vessels and muscles to become blocked and tensed. By using magnetic science  combined with computer technology, MRIs are a non-invasive, non-radiation procedure that help doctors determine whether a surgical procedure may bring relief from severe arthritic pain.

Living a life with arthritis is difficult no matter what age or what type of arthritis you have. While a cure is still on the horizon, the best thing that those who have this condition can do is to carefully monitor it as well as to find the safest solutions to help you manage your pain and continue on with your quality of life.

Visit us at Doctors Imaging in Metairie or make your appointment online to get an MRI or X-ray for your arthritis.

How Does a Head Injury Result in Sensory Loss?

Whenever accidents or injuries occur, there is always concern for the residual effects. Prospects of surgery, rehabilitation, or discomfort are never welcome but for many the problems that come after a traumatic injury can be even more debilitating. Ask any physician and they will readily tell you that the worse kind of injuries to treat are those that affect the head. Because the brain is such a complex and unpredictable organ, the effects and ramifications of injuries to the brain can be difficult to determine or map with consistency.

There are a number of factors that help doctors determine the extent and condition of the brain after an injury occurs including:

  • the severity of the injury
  • the location of the injury
  • the medical response the injury (response time / procedures / medicines)
  • the rate of recovery

There are five senses and each can have different effects after a traumatic brain injury occurs. Sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch are the ways that our brain receives information and then interprets that information for our usage. But when the brain is the injured body part, any one of these senses can be altered. Sometimes direct impact is not even needed to create an injury, sometimes just the shaking or rattling of the brain inside the skull can be enough to cause damage. When this occurs, the brain can begin to swell or bleed and because of the limited area within the cranial cavity, the brain has no space to relieve the pressure or release the blood and as such, damage ensues or worse, death occurs.

Let’s take a closer look at the types and causes of sensory loss that can happen after a brain injury.

To begin, the brain is divided into different sections. The different sections control different functions of the body and interpret different signals so certain injuries will exhibit themselves in different parts of the brain. The parietal lobe, located at the top of the head, is the part of the brain that interprets sensational signals and tells us where our body is in location to different objects in our surroundings. Injury to this area can be the cause of a sensory loss, particularly in terms of our translation of touch.

Loss of sight or disruption of sight is a common side effect of a traumatic brain injury. The occipital lobe, located at the back of the skull, is the part of the brain that controls one’s ability to see. When the occipital lobe is damaged, effects such as eye muscle weakness or double vision can occur known as diplopia. The sudden inability to optically tolerate light is a common occurrence known as photophobia. Other presentations of an occipital lobe injury include involuntary eye movements (nystagmus) or the loss of vision in one eye (hemianopsia). The loss of sight differs from other senses in that there is a slightly larger possibility of it returning as opposed to hearing or smell that are usually permanent injuries.

Hearing problems are another sensory problem that often occur after an accident or fall. Sometimes normal daily activities can sound unbearably loud. Other common symptoms of brain damage are the inability to filter or recognize sounds or a prolonged ringing in the ears, a condition called tinnitus. Luckily with the advancement of technology, things like cochlear implants and hearing aids can be assistive for those that are dealing with hearing problems.

Smell and taste are two senses that heavily influence each other. Almost 70% of taste is contributed to smell and smell is the strongest sense in connection with our memories. So when one becomes damaged, the other usual suffers as well. Usually if there is a frontal lobe injury, the resulting nerve damage can contribute to a loss of taste. The olfactory bulbs lies beneath the frontal lobe and can be the cause of anosmia, or loss of smell, if injured.

For those that do experience a loss of one of their senses, options like surgery, physical therapy, and counseling should be considered in order to help combat the problem or learning to adjust to life without that sense. If you or someone you know has experienced a serious injury and is complaining of sensory disruption of loss, they should be admitted to medical supervision immediately.

The physician may order an MRI in order to determine bleeding in or around the brain. Newer special MRI techniques are now being developed to evaluate mild traumatic brain injuries. These techniques are called SWI and DTI and are performed as advanced MRI procedures when regular MRI is negative and symptoms are persistent. Doctors Imaging is developing these programs for release in September of 2014.

If you have other questions about sensory loss, brain damage or medical imaging procedures, speak to your physician or radiologist about scheduling a consultation. For more help, visit Doctors Imaging in Metairie, Louisiana or call 504-883-8111.

What is better at Evaluating for Heart Disease and Stroke? MRI or CT?

With the constant advertisements about what is “heart healthy” or “preventative” it can be difficult to decipher what is actually beneficial to your health and what is just clever marketing. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Everyone knows that a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are some of the best ways to keep your heart well and to offset the chance of developing a stroke, but what else can be done? If you have a history of heart disease or stroke in your family, or if you are high-risk for these conditions, a good way to determine your probability of developing these conditions is for you and your doctor to consider having medical imaging procedures performed regularly. The two most recommended for these conditions would be an MRI or CT scan. Read more to find out which of these procedures or others will provide the most warning if you are at risk for a heart attack or stroke.

MRI

MRIs or magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging procedure that uses a combination of magnets, radio waves and computer technology to create highly detailed images of the body’s internal organs. MRIs are particularly beneficial for the detection and diagnosis of cardio-vascular disease because of the ability of the machinery to see the difference between healthy and diseased tissue which can be symptomatic of heart disease or blood clot.

MRIs can be performed on both the brain and the heart. Images will be taken of the aorta, and surrounding blood vessels to determine the functionality and condition of these structures. These procedures are the easiest ways for your doctor to see if there are areas for concern. If there is an alarming image or if your doctor just wants to be thorough, he may recommend you have an echocardiogram or further cardiac testing.

CT Scan

CT scans are another extremely beneficial medical imaging test that doctors use to help determine the probability of heart attack, stroke and other conditions. CTs or computed tomography use computers and x-ray technology to produce cross-sectional images of the body. If you are concerned about the condition of your heart or the possibility of a stroke, having a CT scan performed is recommended because they can image bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at once in order to determine the functionality of all of these elements together.

CTs can be performed on every part of the body but if the possibility of heart disease or stroke is worrying you, you can ask your doctor to order a screening Calcium Score test and if abnormal to consider a CT angiogram (CTA) or a standard angiogram. During a CTA, contrast material is injected into the body in order to highlight the functionality of the blood vessels and arteries in the chest. If there is a blockage in this area, the contrast will allow doctors to see the exact location so that imaging can be localized to that area. If your doctor is concerned about the possibility of stroke in the brain, they may order a perfusion CT, a new imaging technique that draws maps of the blood flow in the brain, the blood volume and the time blood takes to travel throughout the brain. Using these technologies, doctors are better equipped to find problem areas in the brain and access the risk of stroke.

Which Should I get then?

In conclusion, CT scans are not as proficient at seeing the details of soft tissue as MRIs are but MRIs and CT are some of the best imaging procedures that a patient can have if they are concerned about stroke or heart attack. Speak to your physician or radiologist about having these imaging tests performed to better understand the possible risks and results.

Looking for a CT scan or MRI near New Orleans, Louisiana? At Doctors Imaging, our radiologists are concerned with patient care. You can schedule your imaging exams online, or by calling 504-883-8111.

I think I broke a bone. What test should I get?

Humans are not perfectly designed machines. They get sick, fall down and get broken quite easily and more often than they like. Getting broken bones is never fun. It’s painful, may require a hospital visit and can be uncomfortable for several weeks afterward. Auto accidents, sports, and falls are some of the most common ways breaks and fracture occur. Regardless of age, bone fractures and breaks are always alarming because if not properly examined, muscles, ligaments, and nerves can become damaged as well. So after the shock and the excruciating pain of a bone break fades slightly, here are the tests your Radiologist will schedule to determine the extent of your damage.

X-rays

X-rays are the oldest and one of the most commonly used forms of medical imaging. X-rays use small amounts of radiation aimed at the body and in turn, the excited atoms relay the location and density of the internal structures of the body to the X-ray machine. Most facilities and hospitals use digital X-rays today which have much lower doses of radiation if that is a concern of the patient. Bones in particular become very prominent when using this method of medical imaging. Radiologists use X-rays so they can clearly see the area that has been broken, if there is an object lodged within the area or for determining if a patient needs to have surgery. Radiologists will primarily use an X-ray when examining a bone breakage because of the non-invasive nature of the procedure. The most uncomfortable part of this scan will likely be remaining still and relaxed especially if it irritates the area with the bone break. But it is important for patients to remain as still as possible so the image is not distorted.

MRI

In addition to the X-ray, your Radiologist may schedule a CT or MRI to better look at a potentially broken bone. Is this a reason to become worried? Certainly not. Radiologists like to be thorough and patients usually appreciate the extra effort. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a procedure that is commonly used for musculoskeletal disorders and concerns. MRIs use magnetic and radio waves to create their images. There is no radiation used but once again the patient will have to lie down on an examination table in order to have the MRI performed. This can be painful but necessary because when a bone breaks, there can be other damages surrounding break site. In order to determine if there are any ligaments, tendons, or nerves damaged around the break, Radiologists need to see more than just the bone.

Having a broken bone will never be considered an enjoyable experience, but with the advances in medical imaging technology, Radiologists will have more detailed images to help heal their patients. If you have a fracture or break, be sure to ask your doctor if you need these procedures so that you can be sure your therapy and healing process can be completed as quickly as possible.

Did you break your bone in Louisiana? We’ll provide you with the imaging tests you need to know the full extent of your injury. You can schedule an imaging appointment online, or call 504-883-8111. We’re conveniently located in Metairie, LA.