What is Imaging?
Imaging is used for diagnostic purposes in the treatment of medical conditions. Physicians use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Fluoroscopically Guiding Imaging, Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine Scans, Ultrasound, and X-rays to improve medical treatments by looking inside specific parts of the body.
Imaging technologies can help healthcare providers examine soft tissue, bone, cartilage, organs, and tumors. Physicians can use the images to find the sources of pain for patients before undergoing pain management treatments.
Types of Imaging
Computed Tomography (CT) uses cross-sectional layered imaging to show details inside organs, bones, tissues, and tumors.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetism and radio waves to produce images of bones, ligaments, cartilage, soft tissues, and organs.
Fluoroscopically Guiding Imaging uses MRI and CT imaging injected into the body.
Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) uses a radioactive tracer swallowed, inhaled, or injected to gather images of organs and bones.
Ultrasound produces moving images using high-frequency sound waves to examine organs, bones, soft tissues, and babies in utero.
X-ray shows images of bones and other dense matter within the body.
Advantages of Imaging
- Quick and painless
- Help with outcome predictions
- Can detect other possible problems
- Improve medical treatment plans
Disadvantages of Imaging
- Can be loud
- Allergic reaction
- Feelings of claustrophobia
- Infection at the injection site
- Some procedures are time consuming
- Exposure to cancer causing ionizing radiation