One of the benefits of visiting Southwest Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine Center is our convenient one-stop-approach to your healthcare. We have an onsite X-ray department to assess joint deterioration and damage. At Southwest Joint Replacement Center we take your overall health plan serious, and our physicians are committed to giving our patients the best possible experience through easier in-network billing, access to the latest in radiology technology, and same day visits.
X-rays are a type of radiation, and when they pass through the body, dense objects such as bone block the radiation and appear white on the x-ray film, while less dense tissues appear gray and are difficult to see. X-rays are typically used to diagnose and assess bone degeneration or disease, fractures and dislocations.
Organs and tissues within the body contain magnetic properties. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, combines a powerful magnet with radio waves (instead of x-rays) the body part being scanned. There is no radiation involved as with X-rays. MRI scans are also used to diagnose bone and joint problems including cartilage, ligaments and other soft tissue.
A computed tomography (CT) scan (also known as CAT scan) is similar to an MRI in the detail and quality of image it produces, yet the CT scan is actually a sophisticated, powerful X-ray that takes 360-degree pictures of internal organs, the spine and vertebrae. By combining X-rays and a computer, a CT scan, like an MRI, produces cross- sectional views of the body part being scanned. In many cases, a contrast dye is injected into the blood to make the structures more visible. CT scans show the bones of the spine much better than MRI, so they are more useful in diagnosing conditions affecting the vertebrae and other bones of the spine.
By utilizing onsite X-Ray's we are able to determine the next step of care on the same day. In the case where additional imaging is needed our office staff will coordinate with the outpatient facility providing the service so the appointment can be made as soon as possible. In the case where no additional imaging is needed you will have the opportunity to discuss the different treatment options, whether they are non-surgical or surgical, as well as the days and times your treatment is available and when it would best fit you and your schedule before you leave your appointment.