Imaging Descriptions

Here at Asante Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, our goal is to assess, diagnose and treat as effectively and accurately as possible in order to get you back to your routine safely. Often with joint pain or injuries the use of digital equipment is essential to an accurate diagnosis, so we can visually see what’s going on with your body.

One of the most important things to note aside from our specialized staff is that our equipment is state-of-the-art. Why is this important to you? Well, that means you will be in and out faster, we will have a much clearer picture of your injury allowing us to create a highly targeted and effective treatment plan and lastly, you will be exposed to far less radiation than traditional x-rays.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us, we would be happy to assist and put your mind at ease.

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X-Ray

Brief Overview

X-rays are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique available. The process involves positioning part of your body being pictured between at the X-ray machine and photographic film. The the machine briefly utilizes electromagnetic waves to expose the film and show a picture of your bodies internal structure. The level of radiation exposure is not harmful, but your doctor will take special precautions if you are pregnant. This process typically takes around 10 minutes and the images are ready quickly.

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CT

Brief Overview

Computed Tomography (CT) is a modern imaging tool that combines X-rays with computer imaging technology to produce a more detailed, cross-sectional (or 3-D image) of the patient’s body. The process is painless and involves lying on a table that slides into the center of a cylinder-like CT scanner. The X-ray tube slowly rotates around the patient, taking pictures to combine the images and produce a clear, two-dimensional view of the subject.

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MRI

Brief Overview

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and a sophisticated computer to take high resolution pictures of your bones and soft tissue. Unlike CT scans, MRI’s operate without the use of radiation, instead using radio waves to cause your tissue to resonate. The process is painless and generally takes 30-90 minutes.

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Ultrasound

Brief Overview

A process that utilizes high-frequency sound waves that echo off the body, creating a picture of the bone and tissue. The process is both non-invasive and painless.

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