Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group PA
Orthopaedics located in SILVER SPRING, MD, GERMANTOWN, MD, & Rockville, MD
Diagnostic imaging is an integral part of orthopaedic care because it allows your doctor to see injuries or damaged areas in great detail. With this information, the specialists at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, PA, can work with you at their offices in SILVER SPRING, Rockville, and GERMANTOWN, Maryland, to determine the optimal recovery plan for your injury. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Diagnostic Imaging Q & A
When do I need diagnostic imaging?
Most orthopaedic injuries and conditions require diagnostic imaging. Because the damage is hidden inside your body, a physical exam is only part of the diagnostic process. To observe the injury or damage close-up, the team at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging.
Some of the conditions that diagnostic imaging is used for include:
- Sports injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Joint pain
Diagnostic imaging is very helpful with the diagnosis of virtually any pain-causing condition or injury because it allows your doctor to identify the cause of your pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing. Additionally, diagnostic imaging shows details like the exact location of the damage, the extent of the damage, and whether the injury has affected other areas.
What kinds of diagnostic imaging are available?
Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group has high-tech X-ray machines on-site to make diagnosis and treatment convenient and easy for you. If you need other diagnostic imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan, a team member refers you to a local diagnostic imaging center for the needed tests.
Because Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group works closely with several trusted diagnostic imaging centers nearby, your referral gets you an appointment for the needed tests in less than a week.
How should I prepare for diagnostic imaging?
Usually, there’s no special preparation needed for X-ray imaging. Depending on where the pain is on your body, you may need to change into a gown for the X-ray. Also, if you’re wearing jewelry or other metal on your body, you may need to remove it before the X-ray.
MRIs and CT scans don’t require special preparation either in most cases. However, when your doctor at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group arranges your referral, the diagnostic imaging facility may give you specific preparation guidelines.
The radiologists, technologists, and other skilled team members at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group are dedicated to making diagnostic imaging a smooth, simple, and easy process for all patients, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about anything. The staff is always happy to answer your questions at every stage of your testing and treatment process.
Call Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group or schedule an appointment online today for the best in state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging.
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