Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging makes it easy to identify damage or disease affecting your bones, joints, or soft tissues. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists offer X-ray imaging at most of their office locations. After a series of X-ray scans, your provider can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and make recommendations to help you feel better. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Princeton, and Marlton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Diagnostic Imaging Q & A

What is diagnostic imaging?

Diagnostic imaging uses advanced technologies, like digital sensors and X-rays, to capture photos of your bones, joints, soft tissues, or internal organs. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO), the orthopaedic experts use X-rays to diagnose pain as well as orthopaedic conditions and injuries.

If you hurt yourself during work or exercise, diagnostic imaging can identify the source of your discomfort and help guide treatment.

What types of diagnostic imaging are offered?

The providers at MBO offer diagnostic imaging with X-rays. X-rays use a small dose of ionizing radiation to take pictures of your bones or joints. Undergoing diagnostic imaging doesn’t require any special preparation. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes and presents very few risks.

What conditions can X-rays identify?

At MBO, the providers use X-rays to diagnose various conditions that affect the bones and joints, including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors

You might also benefit from X-rays if you suffer an injury due to a car accident.

What happens during a diagnostic imaging appointment?

The providers at MBO provide diagnostic imaging onsite in their comfortable and welcoming offices.  

At the beginning of the visit, your X-Ray technician has you remove your jewelry and change into a hospital gown. Next, they have you sit, stand, or lie down; the position varies based on the part of your body X-rayed. 

When you’re in position, your X-Ray technician asks you to hold still and takes a series of X-rays. To do that, they aim an X-ray beam –– a type of radiation –– at a specific part of your body. Your tissues absorb the X-rays allowing a special detector inside the machine to create detailed images. After taking X-rays, your provider reviews them to identify the cause of your symptoms.

Is diagnostic imaging painful?

Diagnostic imaging with X-rays is painless. That said, you might experience some soreness or stiffness. That’s especially true if you have a fracture, a dislocated joint, or an underlying medical condition that affects your musculoskeletal system, like arthritis. 

How long does it take to get the results of diagnostic imaging?

Diagnostic imaging provides immediate results. After your MBO provider takes the X-rays, they quickly review them. Then, they explain their findings and make treatment recommendations. That way, you can take steps to feel better immediately.

To learn more about the benefits of diagnostic imaging, make an appointment at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics by calling the nearest office or booking online today.