Emergency imaging, also known as emergency radiology, is vital to the healthcare system. If you are in an accident and your health or even life hang in the balance, then you need the most accurate, up to date and effective diagnostic tools at your disposal. Fortunately, that’s what our emergency imaging Colorado Springs service has to offer. Emergency imaging can help physicians to identify and better treat a variety of time-sensitive and important conditions.
Here are just a few problems that emergency imaging Colorado Springs is capable of identifying.
Why Might You Need Emergency Imaging Colorado Springs?
Emergency imaging is necessary after accidents, especially where the patient is in critical condition. There is no alternative in order to accurately assess the damage of an accident, and propose how that damage should be treated. Here are a number of examples of when you may need emergency imaging:
- After an auto accident, you could have any number of injuries. Broken bones, especially the legs, arms and ribs are common. So too is head trauma, especially on the part of the pedestrian or motorcyclist.
- A personal injury, such as a slip or an accident at work, could put your life at risk. This is especially the case if you work in an intense or dangerous environment.
- Sporting and leisure injuries can result in serious trauma. Playing football or swimming are two examples.
But as you know, almost any accident can result in serious trauma. It depends on your luck. Of course, some kinds of trauma are more serious than others; the following list is of the worst, either because they are the most life threatening, or because they so severely affect your quality of life.
- Head trauma is common in emergency situations. After an auto accident or a fall, your head can be severely injured. Head trauma includes damage to the scalp, the skull, and the brain beneath.
- There are two different kinds of head trauma. The first is blunt force trauma, where the scalp, skull or brain was damaged, but there was no physical ‘opening’ of the skull. Examples can range from the least serious (such as concussion) to the most serious (permanent brain damage or coma).
- The second kind of head trauma is the open head injury. This form of trauma is incredibly serious. If you have suffered from an open (or ‘penetrating’) head injury, it means that an object broke the skull, perhaps even entering the brain. Skull fractures require a heavy force, such as making contact with a solid wall or the ground at high speed. A gunshot wound to the head is an example of this kind of injury.
- Emergency imaging is necessary to determine the extent of the wound. In the event of head trauma, it is best not to physically examine the wound in too much detail. This could exacerbate the damage. The alternative is to use emergency imaging techniques, which can determine whether the wound is open or closed, and whether any external object impacted and entered the skull.
- Spinal trauma is also life threatening. Unfortunately, when it is not life threatening, spinal trauma can also significantly affect your quality of life. If you are lucky, you will experience lifelong aches and pains throughout your body, tingling sensations and a restriction of your freedom of movement. Spinal trauma can also cause permanent disability from the point of your injury downwards.
- It is imperative that after potential spinal trauma, that nobody move the victim. This is because putting any sort of pressure on the wound can make it worse. As such, a physical examination of the area is out of the question. Instead, emergency imaging Colorado Springs is necessary to diagnose spinal trauma and suggest a possible treatment.
Heart And Lung Trauma
- Heart and lung trauma occurs after damage to the torso. Blunt physical force can inflict trauma on this area. The trauma can be sudden, such as in a car crash, or inflicted over time such as in a physical altercation. Again, there are two kinds of trauma: penetrative and blunt force.
- Damage to the lungs typically occurs because of the ribs. More specifically, broken ribs can puncture the lungs. Depending on the extent of the puncture, this may make it impossible to continue breathing. Emergency medical scanning can determine the location of a puncture, and how serious a puncture it is.
- Cardiac trauma is life threatening. Trauma can damage the muscular tissue of the heart, or even rupture one of the heart’s chambers. Emergency scanning can deterzmine whether blood is flowing correctly around the body, and whether there has been extensive damage to the heart.
What Kind Of Imaging Is Useful?
In the event of major trauma, imaging has to be fast and effective to be of any use. The most common kind of imaging used is therefore the X-Ray, which is both fast and accurate. X-Rays can accurately determine where damage has occurred; while a patient visiting their doctor can explain their injuries, somebody unconscious brought to the emergency room cannot. X-Rays are therefore used to identify areas of injury which may not be obvious on first view.
CT scans and MRI scans are also used, although to a lesser degree. These scans can take longer, and are therefore not as useful in time sensitive situations. But where the emergency is not time sensitive, MRI scans offer unparalleled accuracy in locating soft tissue and skeletal trauma.