Photographs can capture a lot of information. They can freeze a moment in time, allow you to focus your attention on one thing, or look at an object more closely. They’re also used every single day in medical diagnostic procedures to help doctors identify potential problems. With advancements in technology, these special pictures have gone digital and are more detailed than ever. Their insight into the human body is invaluable. That is why Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. uses advanced imaging tech to get the most accurate information possible for treatments.
Your whole body is encased in skin to help protect it. However, you can’t see through your skin to your organs and other tissues underneath. So when something under your skin has a problem, doctors need a picture of the affected structure. That is where imaging technology comes into play. Part of efficient diagnostic procedures, in addition to tests to check your pain and lower limb biomechanics, is using machines to give experts like Dr. Sanjay Patel a clearer idea of what is happening in your body.
Some of the most common technology used includes:
Also known as a CT scan, this machine uses X-rays in a spiraling pattern to take a series of pictures. These “slices” can be viewed individually or compiled to create a 3-D image. This allows the doctor to see more of your body with greater detail than normal X-rays.
This technology has been used by physicians for a long time to see and diagnose a variety of conditions. X-ray beams are shot through the body to either film or digital scanners behind. Your dense tissues absorb certain amounts of the rays, leaving a negative image that can be read. These are particularly helpful for diagnosing bone issues.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses a magnetic field to take detailed pictures of the body. The information it records allows doctors to see organs and other soft tissues, providing greater detail than normal X-rays. The images are also digital, so they can be accessed easily.
This uses high frequency sound waves to create digital pictures. The sound passes through soft body tissues and bounces off denser ones. The machine reads the returning waves and creates an image that the doctors can evaluate. This technique is especially safe since no harmful radiation is used at all.
Each of these machines has its own strengths and weaknesses in providing information about the human body. They can offer invaluable insight into foot and ankle injuries that can help Dr. Sanjay Patel create a targeted plan of treatment for you.
If you’re concerned about pain or changes in your lower limbs, don’t wait until your mobility is impaired to seek help. Look into the issue and find out what is causing your discomfort—and what you can do about it. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Medford and Hamden, CT, for an appointment or more information. You can reach our offices by filling out the online contact form or calling either location: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, and (203) 288-4055 for the one in Hamden.