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Imaging Specialist

360 Orthopedics

General Orthopedics & Pain Management located in Sarasota, FL & Venice, FL

Reaching an accurate diagnosis to explain your symptoms is essential for getting the most effective treatment plan. At 360 Orthopedics in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the team of orthopedic experts performs diagnostic imaging tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray services for their patients, as well as patients referred by area physicians. All imaging is conducted at the office. To schedule your MRI or X-ray, call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.

Imaging Q & A

What is imaging?

Imaging is a noninvasive medical procedure that allows the team at 360 Orthopedics to see the inside of your body. They use the information provided by your imaging to formulate a diagnosis to explain your symptoms.

The orthopedic practice performs MRIs and X-rays, which they conduct at the office. They provide imaging services for their patients, as well as patients referred by other local physicians. 

What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced medical scanning technique. It allows for an accurate diagnosis of a range of issues from chronic diseases to tumors to abnormalities in the musculoskeletal system.

An MRI creates detailed images of the body and organs using magnetic field energy and computer-generated radio waves. During an MRI, the magnetic field temporarily realigns your body’s water molecules, which then creates a faint signal picked up by the radio waves. 

The radio waves translate the information into pictures of the body part being examined.  

What are X-rays?

X-rays are a diagnostic imaging technology that uses a special type of radiation called electromagnetic waves to create images of your internal organs and body parts. 

With X-rays, the electromagnetic waves create images in varying shades of white, gray, or black, depending on the type of tissue and the amount of radiation the tissue absorbs.

The calcium in your bones absorbs the greatest amount, creating white images. Fat and organs absorb less and appear in various shades of gray, while the air in your lungs absorbs none of the X-ray and appears black. 

Why would I need imaging?

Your orthopedic expert or primary care provider determines why you need diagnostic imaging.

Conditions and symptoms that may benefit from imaging at 360 Orthopedics include:

  • Hand, wrist, and elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck and spine pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot and ankle injuries

Your MRI image series may be analyzed at different angles, which can lead to a faster diagnosis and treatment.

360 Orthopedics performs digital X-rays, so images are available immediately and the team easily transmits the images to referring physicians. They can also provide you with your own digital copy. 

To schedule your diagnostic imaging, contact 360 Orthopedics by phone or online today.