Advanced diagnostic procedures such as MRIs and CT scans often play a critical role in modern medicine. They can help your doctor accurately identify a disease or disorder and also guide the course of treatment.
Bone density tests measure the strength of your bones. They help determine your risk for sustaining a bone fracture. Let’s consider when you might need a bone density test and when you don’t.
It is very rare that a patient is admitted to a hospital and the physician does not order any kind of imaging study. Radiology is important for the timely and appropriate management of nearly every major disease area from Orthopedics to Gastroenterology to Oncology; and so it can play a central role in reducing healthcare costs.
An MRI is a very safe and painless diagnostic test that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to create very detailed images of the structures inside your body. Unlike X-rays that only visualize the bone abnormalities, the MRI can visualize bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and muscles. Let’s consider some situations where an MRI is useful to help diagnose the cause of neck, shoulder, or arm pain.