Diagnostic Imaging

Although many conditions do not require diagnostic imaging, cases involving liability issues usually do. X-rays are not uncommonly used but do carry the risk of ionizing radiation. This is contraindicated in pregnancy. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) does not use radiation and gives much more information than x-ray. CT (computerized tomography) also uses ionizing radiation but is often used in hospital settings to rule out bleeding in the brain or abdomen or to rule out discrete bony fractures. Ultrasound is useful to image soft tissue lesions in the thyroid, abdomen and pelvis. PET scans (photon emission tomography) are used for specialty applications of brain injury and cancers.

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