X Ray testing is especially useful in the case of bone and joint diseases. It is not enough for a doctor to simply assess the symptoms of a patient. The most effective treatment options can be created with accurate and detailed diagnosis. Dr. Browne can precisely assess the present bone damage to help diagnose your condition, in conjunction with other lab testing. This is not an invasive procedure and there is minimal discomfort. However if you are pregnant, please alert Dr Browne.
X-rays typically take about 15 minutes and are carried out in the X-Ray department of the Bon Secours Hospital. Your results will be made available to Dr Browne within 5 – 7 working days.
MRI scans are able to reveal minute damage changes to bone and arthritis progression. MRI also picks up stress fractures, Morton’s neuromas and torn ligaments and menisci undetectable on x-ray.
Unlike x-rays, radioisotopes and CT scanning, MRI uses radiofrequency waves, making it safer than other methods that use radiation. Each scan can last from 30 to 45 minutes. MRI scans are carried out in the MRI department of the Bon Secours Hospital.
The MRI requires the use of magnetic fields, therefore mobile metal objects and jewellery must be removed before the scans can be performed. People with pacemakers, new coronary stents and mobile internal devises cannot have MRI’s. The MRI is a non-claustrophobic accredited MRI scanner.
On completion your scan will be reviewed by the radiologist and results will be made available to Dr Browne within 5 – 7 working days.
MRI scanning is a safe procedure and the MRI staff will walk you through the procedure. Please alert Dr Browne and/or the MRI staff if you have any of the following conditions:
• Cochlear Implants
• Joint replacement less than 3 months in place
• Coronary stents less than 3 months in place
• Transdermal drug patch
• Vagus nerve stimulants
• Aneurysm clips
• Vena Cava Umbrella
• Other metal implants