& Diagnostic Imaging Referrals
Hempstead Therapy Centre Physiotherapists are experienced & qualified to be recognised as diagnostic imaging requestors for MRI, X-Ray & Ultra-Sound with agreed imaging service providers.
Diagnostic imaging is requested under appropriate clinical conditions relating to a patients specific symptoms & clinical presentation.
Should you be a privately medically insured or are a medico-legal client then referrals of this nature would be subject to your insurers policies or your medico-legal 3rd party written authorisation. Self-funding clients may be referred directly by our team under the appropriate clinical criteria.
See information below relating to each type of imaging & it's optimal utilisation. Click images for descriptions.
M R I
(Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI Scans are frequently used to assess skeletal conditions & / or injuries for example preparation for joint replacements, assessing ligament & cartilage conditions.
A single body area scan can usually take between 20 & 35 mins to complete. A safety questionaire relating in particular to metal implants etc (which are a contra-indication for this type of scan).
Occasionally a contrast (dye) injection to enhance images may be required depending upon the type of scan sequences required.
That these machines can be quite noisy & patients are placed upon a table that moves in and out of a tube, encompassing the area to be scanned.
Claustrophobic patients may want to discuss the planned procedure with the involved Radiography team prior to attending an appontment for a scan.
Medical ultrasound (also known as diagnostic sonography or ultra-sonography) is a diagnostic imaging technique based on the application of soundwaves. It is used to see internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs.
Its aim is often to find a source of a disease or to exclude any pathology such as injuries (you may also be familiar with its use for pregnancy scans).
The sound echoes off the tissue; with different tissues reflecting varying degrees of sound. These echoes are recorded and displayed as an image to the operator.
Many different types of images can be formed using sonographic instruments.
Compared to other prominent methods of medical imaging, ultrasound has several advantages. It provides images in real-time & can be portable.
It is usually substantially lower in cost, to operate & therefore lower in cost to clients.
It also does not use radiation.
Drawbacks include various limits to its field of view, difficulty imaging structures behind bone and air. A skilled Sonograpgher can adapt to these restrictions quite often.
Radiography - i.e. X-Rays
is an imaging technique using controlled radiation exposure to view the internal form of an object.
A certain amount of X-ray is absorbed by the object, dependent on its density and structural composition.
The level of exposure to radiation is usually very low & extremely well regulated, controlled & recorded by Radiography teams.
There are of course patients that should not undergo this type of imaging (i.e. prgnant women) but each patient is screened with safety questioniarres prior to any procedure being competed to ensure safety & dsegae control.