Along with various other leading diagnostic technologies, Onto Orthopedics maintains a mi-eye 2 arthroscopic diagnostic system at our office. The mi-eye 2 system is essentially an in-office substitute for an MRI analysis. The mi-eye system includes a tiny needle with an attached high resolution camera. This minimally-invasive system allows Dr. Hayden to view the interior of your injured joint quickly and efficiently. The procedure is virtually painless and can eliminate the need for a visit to the imaging center for an MRI. Don't let MRI consultation delays slow you down. When you call our office, ask about our mi-eye 2 system!
The Ultrasonography machine is a tool used in medical imaging techniques to help visualize muscles, tendons and other internal organs. Ultrasounds, as the name suggests, are high frequency sound waves that get reflected off the internal tissues of our body. One can evaluate their size, structure and any other anomalies if present based on the images an ultrasound machine produces.
The basic ultrasound machine is made up of a Transducer probe which makes the sound waves and receives the echoes. This is what the doctor applies to your tummy during pregnancy to evaluate the condition of the fetus. The other part is the Central processing unit (CPU) which is the brain of the machine and does all the calculations. The machine allows a specially trained sinologist to set and adjust the frequency and span of ultrasound pulses. A black and white display screen shows the images from the ultrasound data. The sound waves that get strongly reflected off from solid structures like bones and stones are visible as a black shadow on the screen while the soft tissues like muscles, blood vessels cast grayish white shadows. Ultrasound builds images that are exactly the opposite of those produced by an X-ray.
Diagnostic imaging techniques have enabled doctors to view inside a suffering patient without having to make any cuts. X-rays or radiographs are the most common of such imaging techniques available. An X-ray is usually the first test advised by a physician or orthopaedic surgeon, even in cases which may later require more advanced tests. An ordinary X-ray is a quick, easy and a comparatively cheap test. It may be all that is needed to diagnose or evaluate various problems.
An X-ray machine produces short bursts of X-rays which pass easily through fluids and soft tissues of the body. However, the denser the tissues, the lesser X-rays pass through them. A film is placed behind the body part to be X-rayed. Hollow or air-filled parts of the body show up as black images (e.g. lungs or stomach) and soft tissues (muscle and body organs) show up as various shades of grey, depending on their density. The developed film is studied by an X-ray specialist (radiologist) or by the concerned physician. In cases of X-rays related to bones, an orthopedic surgeon is typically well qualified to read the X-ray himself.