In addition to a physician’s assessment of a patient’s symptoms, radiographic technology is often used for a complete evaluation. In conjunction with other lab testing, radiographic images help a physician to diagnose a condition based on present bone damage.
X-ray radiography is considered a very rapid and effective method for the diagnosis of arthritis, particularly in cases of bone and joint disease commonly related to rheumatology. This non-invasive procedure takes about 15 minutes and there is minimal discomfort. For your convenience, Arthritis Associates of South Florida maintains an on-site staff of experienced x-ray technicians and state-of-the-art x-ray equipment. This minimizes the time it takes for your physician to examine your results and provides additional insight into treatment options that can be discussed on the same day as your office visit.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can also be very valuable in the process of diagnosing arthritis, especially in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Without the use of x-rays, MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce images that reveal minute damage changes to bone and arthritis progression. This clear picture enables your physician to adjust your treatment plan accordingly. In most cases, an MRI exam takes between 40 and 80 minutes in our accredited and open, non-claustrophobic MRI scanner.