When your doctor requests advanced imaging, like an MRI or CT scan, to diagnose your ailment, you may be unsure of what that means and where to go.
Advanced imaging provides a more detailed look into your body’s structures, including muscles, veins, tendons, and organs, like your lungs, that x-rays or an ultrasound can’t help with diagnosing.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses magnets and radio waves to create precise images of what is happening inside the body. MRIs are often used to diagnose injuries to tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. They can also be used to look at the brain to evaluate an injury, aneurysm, or stroke.
A CT (computerized tomography) scan uses specialized x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of inner-body structures, including bones, tissues, and blood vessels, all within a single image. CT imaging helps to diagnose abnormalities in the chest and lungs, complex bone fractures, kidney stones, and other disorders like appendicitis or Chron’s disease.
Only your doctor can determine what type of imaging they need to help you get answers, but did you know that you have a choice on where to get your imaging done?
Maybe your doctor suggests you go upstairs to the hospital imaging department or a different imaging center. However, it can be costly if you get your advanced imaging done at a hospital.
In Mt. Pleasant, American Health Imaging offers MRI and CT scans on the latest equipment and can save you up to 60% when compared to imaging done at hospitals and they are in-network with 99% of health insurance plans.
With same-day and next-day appointments, you don’t have to wait long to get the answers you and your doctor need.
Are you out-of-town? American Health Imaging has additional locations across South Carolina, the Southeast, and Texas.
American Health Imaging provides compassionate care, the latest equipment, and board-certified, subspecialized radiologists to give your doctor what they need to help you. Their friendly staff in Mt. Pleasant will take great care of you.
By Melissa Weston