Medical Imaging Diagnostic Center
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Mazatlán: (669) 990 18 67
Escuinapa Branch: (695) 953 37 47
Emergencies: (044) 669 918 01 51
SPINE AND JOINTS
The vertebral column and all the body´s joints allow us to move and support our weight. Each of the methods below are used to diagnose specific conditions:
X-Ray: Used to examine bone and diagnose fractures, dislocations, infections or tumors in the bone. X-rays cannot be used to visualize muscle, tendons, ligaments, soft tissue or nerve roots.
Ultrasound: This screening allows us to study tendons and superficial muscles in the shoulders and knees. However, its diagnostic capacity is limited, since ultrasound waves cannot penetrate deep tissue and do not allow us to study the cartilage, capsule of the joint, menisci or internal ligaments.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI allows us to see all the components and structures of the joint, resulting in a complete study. Using this process, we can identify edema and inflammation; locate ruptures of tendons, cartilage or menisci; evaluate delicate structures including bone marrow and nerve roots; and visualize fractures, cysts and tumors not visible to X-rays. Because MRI does not use radiation, it is a safe method for pregnant women and children.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is useful in:
Spine: When there is pain, burning or feeling of numbness that is transmitted from an area of the spine to extremities, for example, neck to arm or hands, or lumbar to legs or feet. This may be associated with a disc herniation or compression injury affecting the bone marrow. It is also useful in the diagnosis of infections, tumors, fractures and degenerative processes that hinder movement or sensitivity.
Joints: Knees when there is suspicion of rupture of menisci, ligaments or inflammations; shoulders, when a rotator cuff rupture is suspected; any painful or swollen joint such as hips, elbows, wrists or ankles.
Muscles or Tendons: Identifying chronic pain in active people or athletes, or as a result of accidental falls or bumps.
Our MRI SIEMENS is open, therefore there is a greater tolerance in patients with claustrophobia.