Athens Radiology uses new technologies to help our team best diagnose our patients. Musculoskeletal Radiology uses powerful imaging to safely find important information.
Musculoskeletal MRI is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
MRI Arthrography is an imaging study designed to diagnose problems within a joint (e.g., shoulder, hip, and wrist) with the aid of a contrast agent. When the contrast agent is introduced into the joint, it enhances the visualization of joint structures and improves MRI evaluation of joint abnormalities.
CT Arthrography is a series of X-rays of a joint after injection of a contrast medium. The injection is normally done under a local anesthetic. The radiologist performs the study utilizing fluoroscopy to guide the placement of the needle into the joint and then injects an appropriate quantity of contrast. The physician then obtains a series of X-rays. The joint can be imaged from many angles and the radiologist can assess the images produced in real time.
Plain Film Interpretation (X-rays)
Plain Film Interpretation is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.