Sports injuries are specific injuries sustained during competitive athletics or other exercise, usually affecting the musculoskeletal system or the muscles, bones, ligaments and/or cartilage. Head injuries often occur while engaged in contact sports like football. Proper training, protective equipment and other precautions can often prevent sports injuries.
Still, even the most careful athletes can suffer an unexpected injury, especially those who play contact and team sports. With Fall sports season ramping up, Doctors Imaging wants to stress the importance regarding your radiologist’s role in diagnosis and treatment of your athlete’s sports injury.
To accurately diagnose your injury or condition, your physician may suggest an X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) ,Computed Tomography (CT) or ultrasound to provide images of the affected area.
· X-rays are often used for diagnosing fractures.
· MRIs are useful in diagnosing injuries to the ligaments, tendons and other tissues.
· CT scans are used less frequently in sports medicine but can be helpful for more complex orthopedic issues.
· Ultrasound provides great detail in evaluating the soft tissues around joints, tendons and muscles and is often used for image-guided procedures such as anesthetic injections.
· MRI with special techniques like 3T SWI is used to look in detail for subtle contact head injuries that occur during football, soccer etc.
Doctors Imaging uses the latest technology to offer the highest level of imaging available at the most affordable price. Learn more about our imaging services, or schedule an imaging exam by calling 504-883-8111.