An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, shows healthcare professionals a detailed, three-dimensional image to help form an accurate diagnosis of what is going on inside a particular part of the body. The procedure uses magnetic fields and radio waves to capture the image; unlike CAT scans and traditional X-rays, it does not subject the patient […]
Patient Education Term Category: Diagnostic Procedures
X-rays are a diagnostic test that shows infection, injury, and disease in the bones. A podiatrist would use X-rays to properly diagnose and treat problems with the bones of the foot and ankle. X-rays can reveal abnormal bone growth or changes and can monitor the alignment of bones as they heal after a fracture. X-rays […]
An ultrasound aims sound waves at a specifically-targeted area of the body to produce and record an image. A podiatrist would use ultrasound images to properly diagnose and treat injuries to ligaments, cartilage, or tendons of the foot or ankle, as well as soft tissue abnormalities or growths.
A CAT scan is a computed tomography or CT, which doctors use to view cross-sectional, three-dimensional images of an area of the body. A podiatrist would use a CAT scan to take images of the foot or ankle. Since CAT scans show more detail than traditional X-rays, they provide more accurate diagnoses and treatments of […]