Patient Education Term Category: Diagnostic Procedures

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) shows healthcare professionals a detailed, three-dimensional image to help form an accurate diagnosis of what is going on inside a particular part of the body. The procedure uses magnetic fields and radio waves to capture the image; unlike CAT scans and traditional X-rays, it does not subject the patient to radiation. […]

X-Rays

X-rays are a diagnostic test that shows infection, injury, and disease in the bones. A podiatrist will use X-rays to properly diagnose and treat problems with the bones of the foot and ankle. X-rays can reveal abnormal bone growth or changes and can monitor the alignment of bones as they heal after a fracture. X-rays […]

Diagnostic Ultrasound

An ultrasound aims sound waves at a specifically-targeted area of the body to produce and record an image. A podiatrist would use ultrasound images to properly diagnose and treat injuries to ligaments, cartilage, or tendons of the foot or ankle, as well as soft tissue abnormalities or growths.  

CAT Scan

A CAT scan is a computed tomography or CT, which doctors use to view cross-sectional, three-dimensional images of an area of the body. A podiatrist would use a CAT scan to take images of the foot or ankle. Since CAT scans show more detail than traditional X-rays, they provide more accurate diagnoses and treatments of […]