Fast, convenient imaging service
KSF Orthopaedic Center offers on-site MRI and X-ray examinations for the convenience of any patient. Patients needing these imaging services are not required to see a KSF Orthopaedic Center physician, but can be referred by any physician. Results are ready the same day as the patient’s visit! Our MRI suite is located in our Red Oak Drive clinic. However, x-ray is available at all three clinic locations.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), has become an important diagnostic tool for orthopedic surgeons. It allows doctors to see in great detail both soft tissue (such as tendons and muscles), and hard tissue structures (like bones). With MRI, it is possible to view internal structures in thin cross-sections or ‘slices’. This permits a doctor to view an injury or condition from many angles. The information gathered from MRI allows doctors to develop very accurate and effective treatment plans, taking much of the ‘guesswork’ out of the diagnostic process.
How Does MRI work?
MRI works by bouncing a magnetic wave off targeted structures within the body. Patients may have a contrast material injected into the affected area before the exam. As the magnet scans the target area, it sends information to a computer monitored by a specially trained technician. At the end of the procedure, the information is then compiled by the computer and the images are prepared for your doctor to view.
MRI is a painless and non-invasive way for doctors to gather very accurate information about injuries and conditions that exist deep within the body. In the past, the only one hundred percent certain way to make such diagnoses was through exploratory surgery. Now thanks to MRI, doctors can make very precise diagnoses with little discomfort for the patient. The physicians of KSF have elected to offer an ‘open’ MRI machine because patient comfort is a high priority. Open MRI exams are especially good for patients who are uncomfortable being in enclosed spaces.
A doctor’s prescription is required for an MRI scan. Your physician is the best judge of whether or not you may benefit from an MRI examination. The physicians of KSF Orthopaedic Center have elected to offer an ‘open’ MRI machine because patient comfort is a high priority.