The combination of X-ray imaging and proper clinical evaluation is crucial for making an accurate diagnosis of injuries. Dr. Serge PierreCharles -- a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist & Pain and Sports Medicine Doctor located in St. Paul, MN -- offers state-of-the-art, in-house X-ray imaging facilities to precisely and quickly diagnose various injuries. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.
Imaging is an essential tool in sports medicine. It allows your Superior Performance provider to make an accurate diagnosis and avoids the potential for an X-ray to be misplaced when it’s sent to an outside facility. Patients and athletes undergo imaging to:
An X-ray is usually the first imaging technique performed when a bone or soft tissue injury is suspected. In combination with clinical examination, it’s able to provide a reasonable diagnosis so that your Superior Performance provider can form a treatment plan.
It’s essential to get an X-ray for soft tissue injuries because it provides information about whether there is additional damage elsewhere.
The Superior Performance Center is fully equipped to perform all forms of digital X-rays.
Some of the other types of in-house imaging at the Superior Performance Center are:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging test for injuries involving joints or soft tissues. It’s especially useful in diagnosing injuries of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
An MRI is also an essential diagnostic tool in knowing the extent of injury in concussions and spinal cord injuries. MRIs eliminate radiation exposure, produce 3D images of the organs, and provide more soft tissue details as compared to X-rays.
Ultrasounds have gained such popularity in the treatment of sports injuries that it is often called the "stethoscope of a sports physician." It’s a cheaper alternative to MRIs for getting a closer look at soft tissue, tendon, and muscle injuries. It’s especially useful for diagnosing lumps, hematomas, or bursas.
Bone scans are often used in sports medicine to confirm and localize bone or joint abnormalities in patients with chronic bone pain. It’s especially useful in diagnosing stress fractures of long bones in marathon runners or other high-performance athletes.
Computerized Axial Scan (CT scan) is similar to an MRI: It’s used for viewing and diagnosing soft tissues, bones, and muscle injuries. However, it exposes patients to a higher dose of radiation. Because of this, the Superior Performance team uses it as a last resort.
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