Radiology is the specialization of diagnosing injuries using medical imaging exams such as x-rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomorgraphy), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET scans (positron emission tomography), and nuclear medicine.
Diagnostic imaging is an essential part in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. Treatment without proper radiograph images is blind treatment, so if there is any question about the condition of a sports injury or source of pain, rest assured that our facility has the capability to order the proper diagnostic imaging, with some diagnostics even available on-site.
Most sports injuries are first examined via x-ray to determine if any bones are broken or fractured. (Many professional sports teams even have x-ray machines in their locker/therapy rooms for quick review after trauma.) With an onsite x-ray unit available at Comprehensive Medical Care, our medical providers have access to immediate diagnostic imaging that can help determine the plan of care for clients.
If no fractures are revealed on an X-ray, a painful injury may be referred to an MRI to review. An MRI can reveal stages of joint degeneration, torn ligaments, detailed imagery of the spine, as well as problems in soft tissue and the brain.
CT or CAT Scans (computed tomography) is another option for diagnostic imaging for sports injuries. CT creates a high-resolution, cross sectioned image of bones, making it excellent for diagnosing traumatic fractures. CT can also create three dimensional images of bone, which can reveal the exact orientation and placement of tiny fractures or fragments of separated bone. If a sliver of broken bone has slipped into a joint space, a CT can reveal it better than an MRI.
CT scans do not offer as clear of a picture of ligaments, tendons and muscle as do MRI scans, and are therefore not typically used for soft tissue injury.
At Comprehensive Medical Care, we have the capability to do x-ray scans, Diagnostic Ultrasound and bone density scans in-office.