Bone and Joint Services
The musculoskeletal section of MRA provides highly subspecialized orthopaedic radiology services at the only dedicated orthopaedic hospital in the state of North Carolina. Our six fellowship-trained radiologists have trained at some of the most prestigious musculoskeletal radiology programs in the country and interpret the majority of orthopaedic imaging in Charlotte. Our radiologists have the training and experience necessary to provide accurate interpretations of state of the art imaging studies to assess back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain as well as sports injuries. We also expertly perform a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic invasive procedures of the spine and joints to evaluate and treat nerve pain, back pain and arthritis.
The spine, hips, wrists, knees or hands – all of these body joints can have congenital malformations, disease, injuries and disorders that impact a patient's quality of life. Patients who have pain and discomfort in their joints can often find the source of the problem through an imaging study. Mecklenburg Radiology Associates employs fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologists who practice at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital, one of the premiere hospitals in the state for orthopaedic care. At this state-of-the-art facility, radiologists perform a variety of studies to evaluate orthopaedic injuries and other bone and joint disorders.
When a patient has a problem or pain in their shoulder, wrist, ankle, knee or hip, the physician may order an arthrogram, or x-ray of the joint using a contrast solution. Using x-ray in motion (fluoroscopy), the radiologist can view the anatomy of the joint in detail and precisely inject contrast into the joint for x-ray evaluation as well as subsequent MRI or CT examination to most accurately evaluate the joint.
MRI, using radio waves and a strong magnet to produce images of the body, is an excellent imaging choice for showing the joints in detail. The knee and shoulder are most frequently imaged using MRI as it produces precise, three-dimensional pictures of the joint. However, MRI yields clear images of nearly every joint in the body, since it shows bony structures that are not visible using other imaging techniques. MRI can help physicians find the source of pain, inflammation, infection and bleeding in area in and around the joints and bones. It is considered better than traditional x-ray when trying to find small tears, injuries to tendons, muscles and ligaments or tumors. The test is typically ordered for patients who have an impact, sports-related, or repetitive motion injury.
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January 31, 2013
Dr. Kevin Carroll explains how the new High-Field True Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine works.