When you come into our clinic, you will first have an evaluation with our Chiropractor, Dr. Fluitt. During the evaluation he might deem it necessary to get an inside look at what is causing your pain. In this case the chiropractor will refer you to an imaging center to get an X-Ray, MRI, or CT scan, depending on your circumstances. Our chiropractor will then use these imaging results to help diagnose your injury and set up a treatment plan.
Computerized tomography (CT scan) — also called CT — combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside your body.
The results from diagnostic imaging can be compared to looking down at single slices of bread from a loaf. Your doctor will be able to look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to view your body from different angles. In some cases, CT images can be combined to create 3-D images. CT scan images can provide much more information than do plain X-rays.
A CT scan has many uses, but is particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.
For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. Pictures from an MRI are digital images that can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. The images also can be reviewed remotely in our chiropractic clinic. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI to show certain structures more clearly.
In many cases MRI may show problems that cannot be seen on an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan, or provide more information about a problem seen scan with these other imaging methods.
X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light.
An x-ray machine sends individual x-ray particles through the body. The images are recorded on a computer or film.
- Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles, and will appear white.
- Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white.
- Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
The test is done in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider’s office. How you are positioned depends on the type of x-ray being done. Several different x-ray views may be needed.
You need to stay still when you are having an x-ray. Motion can cause blurry images. You may be asked to hold your breath or not move for a second or two when they image is being taken.
Our office works with all local Imaging Centers as well as the Radiology Departments of all the local hospitals. So, if this service is needed it can be easily accommodated.