IN-HOUSE X-RAY SERVICES
When you visit our facility, our doctors will perform a physical exam on your lowerextremities. During this physical exam, the doctor will evaluate and check for tenderness
points in your leg to isolate the issue.
Sometimes the doctor may move your feet around to check for different ranges of motion.
In addition, they may ask you to walk for a short distance to examine your gait. Your gait is your walking pattern.
Depending on your foot and ankle issues, the doctor may request an x-ray, which will provide an image that allows them to see the bones and joints underneath the skin.
WHAT IS AN X-RAY?
An x-ray uses electromagnetic wave of high energy and short-wave lengths to capture a digital image of an internal composition of something. In the medical field, usually it is a body part.
In simple terms, an x-ray is used to capture a digital picture that shows your bones and
joints in the foot and ankle. These images are taken at different angles to allow the doctor to
analyze to see if there are any fractures/breaks of any sort.
For bone scans, our technicians usually inject small amounts of radioactive material into your vein. This radioactive component is subsequently attracted to your bones, particularly the bone parts which may have suffered damage. Some of the damaged areas include stress fractures which are indicated by bright spots on the scanned image.
COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)
Our professional CT scans usually take x-rays from multiple different angles and subsequently combine them to create cross-sectional images of your body’s internal structures. Our CT scans can help reveal in-depth details about your bones and the surrounding soft tissues helping our physicians determine the most appropriate treatment.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
Our MRI uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create comprehensive images of the ligaments that bind and support your ankle and foot. With the ability to show bones and ligaments, our MRI can effectively spot fractures otherwise not visible through x-rays.
Other X-rays available at Frederick Foot and Ankle:
- Lower extremities: foot, knee, ankle, leg (fibula, tibia, femur)
If the x-ray shows there is a fracture/broken foot, then the doctor will recommend a proper treatment plan. However, each patient is different, and there are a variety of variables to consider when they recommend their treatment plan.
For example, a 20 year old active patient, may have a different treatment plan than a 75 year old patient. Also, the treatment may vary depending on the precise broken bone as well as the severity of the injury.
THE BEST QUALITY, PROMPT, AND PROFESSIONAL IN-HOUSE X-RAY SERVICES
If you have a lower leg, foot or ankle injury such as a broken foot or fracture, our office provides an in- office x-ray specifically made for the lower leg, foot and ankle injuries. This weight bearing x-ray exclusively provides the images at different angles that other x-rays may miss. The x-ray images can be processed within your initial visit. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis, which leads to a faster
recovery time. All office locations are equipped with a podiatric weight bearing x-ray.
We look forward to serving our community with our prompt services. For more information or to request an appointment, please visit our website at www.mynewfeet.com or call us at (877) 668-0008.