Injuries Can Happen at Home—What Do You Do Next?

A lot of people have more time on their hands due to social distancing and quarantine measures in place because of COVID-19, which means do it yourself projects around the home can finally be checked off the to-do list. You may fall while working and break a bone, or you could possibly strain a muscle while lifting something heavy. Now what? American Health Imaging is here to help determine the extent of your injuries with an MRI or CT scan. American Health Imaging (AHI) offers same-day, weekend and evening appointments to fit your schedule. While COVID-19 patients are going to the hospital for treatment, doctors are sending their patients to free-standing outpatient imaging centers, like AHI, for a continuum of care.

MRI imaging

An MRI uses a magnet to produce a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of your body’s soft tissues, all without exposing you to radiation. You will lie on a cushioned table, which will slide into the tubular MRI machine. AHI features MRI equipment with large openings, which will help you feel more comfortable if you get claustrophobic. An MRI can diagnose injuries such as:
  • Head or brain trauma
  • Herniated disks
  • Internal organ damage
  • Pulled muscles
  • Torn ligamentsor tendons

CT Scans

CT scans are a series of X-rays that make two-dimensional, cross-sectional images of your body. CTs show more detail than traditional, flat X-rays. A CT uses a minimal amount of radiation. You will lie on a cushioned table while a circular scanner will be positioned over the parts of the body that need to be imaged. The scanner will rotate around you. A CT scan can diagnose injuries such as:

  • Acute trauma
  • Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
  • Fractured bones

Preparing for Your Visit

 

An MRI exam will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes. A CT scan will last approximately 15 to 30 minutes. For both procedures, you will be asked to remove any metal objects, such as jewelry. A contrast dye may be injected or given as a drink to help “illuminate” parts of the body being scanned or make the images clearer. If contrast dye is needed, you may be asked to fast before the procedure. You will be able to speak to the technologist during the procedure. Both procedures are painless, and you will be able to drive home afterward. Your physician will have the results within 24 hours, allowing you to get back to your home improvement projects as soon as possible.

Ask your doctor to take the next step in diagnosing your injury by ordering an MRI or CT. AHI provides a safe, cost-efficient alternative to the hospital imaging department, at a fraction of the price. Request more information about your outpatient imaging options with AHI.