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In life, we are only as healthy as we keep our bodies fit and well-fed. For those of us who can’t stay healthy, healthcare imaging services can diagnose conditions quickly and accurately. Because of the range of conditions which affect us, medical professionals often need to resort to complex forms of diagnosis. To determine where these health problems stem from, healthcare imaging services exist.
The purpose of this post is to explain a little about the different kinds of healthcare imaging services, and what they’re used for. Read on if you would like to know more!
What are healthcare imaging services?
Healthcare imaging services are a way of providing eagle-eyed diagnosis. Essentially, imaging allows medical professionals easy access to determining illness and its causes. Basically, the point is to create an internal image of the patient in order to find out what’s going on inside them. But crucially, and this is why they’re so useful, healthcare imaging services are completely non-invasive.
While some forms of imaging can have side-effects, many don’t. Imaging has come on leaps and bounds since it first appeared on the scene. For that reason, many forms of healthcare imaging these days are safe. Medical experts will only recommend them if they believe they’re really needed. So, for instance, a brain tumor is difficult to diagnose without actually having scans of the brain.
While medical innovations are taking place all the time, the most common scans are MRI and X-Ray. So what are these imaging technologies mainly used for? And what should someone expect when they undergo healthcare imaging today?
Healthcare imaging services: X-Ray Treatments
One of the most common kinds of imaging is an x-ray. By using a powerful and projected beam, the body is ‘lit up’ from the inside. This works as an easy way to help see what issues exist within the body. X-rays can be used to diagnose a whole range of issues. From determining how bad an injury is internally to spotting breaks, cracks and fractures, many reasons exist.
The point is to diagnose the condition so that the doctor can advise the patient, and offer a better form of treatment. Imaging technology makes sure that our bodies can recover and undergo the best treatment possible. With an X-ray, for example, we can identify the precise nature of the problem- a complete fracture, a partial fracture or a hairline fracture- and then propose the correct form of treatment.
On the surface, diagnosis can be difficult for all manner of reasons. Most of the time, doctors need a clear set of symptoms to make an intelligent call on your health. For that reason, imaging via x-ray is a very common diagnostic tool. It allows the doctor to see what they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
X-rays, though, have limitations. They use radiation which can be damaging to the body in large doses. This is why other methods of imaging were invented. Let’s take a look at some of the other forms of healthcare medical imagine that exist. Each one can offer a very suitable way to help spot problems.
Healthcare imaging services: Molecular Imaging
To the average person, the term molecular imaging likely means very little. However, molecular imaging is the basis of a number of imaging methods which are non-invasive, safer than X-Ray and highly effective. But what is molecular imaging, why is it so useful, and what are some examples of it in action?
Molecular imaging is similar to X-ray imaging, but offers much more detail. It originated from radiopharmacology, and can be used to identify problems on the cellular or molecular level. As you can imagine, then, molecular imaging is great for providing incredible detail.
Molecular imaging is a very powerful tool and one that can offer simple, easy diagnosis. One of the main reasons that medical professionals love to use molecular imagery is speed. Speed is essential and is just as important as accuracy. A fast diagnosis can catch a serious illness at the start, rather than the end. For that reason, many people work with molecular imaging. It can spot the beginning of an illness or medical condition at the very earliest stages.
In the case of diagnosing serious illness such as cancer, then, that can mean the difference between life or death. Examples of molecular imaging include MRI, optical imaging, near infrared imaging and more. As a clinic, we specialise in MRI scanning- but what is it?
Healthcare imaging services: MRI Scans
Using powerful magnetic fields, MRIs can produce a clear image of your insides and give medical experts a clear idea of what’s going on. Put simply, MRI scans use a mix of magnetism and sound waves in order to produce imagery of all the water in your cells, your blood and the rest of your body. This produces an incredibly detailed picture of your internal organs, and is commonly used for brain scans, intestinal scans and more.
When you’re in an MRI scanner, you will be totally free from the ionizing radiation of X-rays. MRIs avoid that, allowing for a non-invasive, if time-consuming, diagnostic tool. Imaging using an MRI is very powerful, and can diagnose brain tumors, blood clots and skeletal injuries. If you can sit at peace during the experience, you should get a clear image.
At SWDC of Colorado, we specialise in MRI scanning. Would you like to know more about what we do? Please feel free to get in touch, and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact us through our online form or over the phone, today!