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Effective Treatment Begins
With a Thorough Diagnosis

When the first Baylor hospital opened its doors just over 100 years ago, physicians couldn’t have imagined the technological tools that would one day be available to help them see inside the human body. Today, advanced imaging is the key to diagnosing any health problem and starting the healing process. In orthopedics especially, access to advanced diagnostic imaging is absolutely essential to diagnosing and treatment. We even use mobile imaging equipment in the operating room. We will use the most appropriate advanced diagnostic imaging tools to help you heal, including:

CT (Computed Tomography) - A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan or Computed Tomography, is a special kind of X-ray that takes pictures of a cross-section of a part of your body. CT scans may be used to find certain conditions that regular X-rays cannot find. CT scans also can be used to monitor progress during or after medical treatment for some conditions. The CT scanner is comprised of an X-ray tube that moves around your body. The CT scanner then sends signals to a computer.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive, painless way to look inside the body at your organs and other body tissues. An MRI is a test that can find changes in your body and can lead to early diagnosis and treatment of disease. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to create images of your organs and tissues. MRI does not use radiation, and there are no known side effects.

Digital Fluoroscopy & X-ray - A fluoroscopy is an examination of the tissues and deep structures of the body using x-ray imaging devices. One of these devices projects radiographic (x-ray) images in a movie-like sequence onto a screen monitor.

Arthrograms - Conventional arthrography is the x-ray examination of a joint that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material containing iodine. Arthrographic images help physicians evaluate alterations in structure and function of a joint and help to determine the possible need for treatment, including surgery or joint replacement. The procedure is most often used to identify abnormalities within the shoulder, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. The procedure is also used to help diagnose persistent, unexplained joint pain or discomfort.

Myelograms - A myelogram is an x-ray of the spaces in the spinal cord which contain various nerves. This test uses a special dye (contrast material), which mixes with the spinal fluid. Myelograms are useful for those who cannot have MRIs, including patients with pacemakers and cochlear implants.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 12:32