Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute
Anthony Owusu, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX & Spring, TX
In order to make an accurate diagnosis or rule out other conditions, Dr. Anthony Owusu uses various imaging techniques, including X-rays and MRI, to see inside the body. Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute offers access to state-of-the-art imaging tests and interpretation. When you make an appointment at the Shavano Park, Texas location online or over the phone, you’re certain to secure accurate diagnostics.
X-Rays Q & A
What diagnostic imaging tests do you use?
X-rays use electromagnetic waves to take a picture of the inside of your body. Since your bones, tissues, and lungs absorb varying amounts of radiation, they show up in different shades in the picture. Dr. Owusu uses X-rays to spot broken bones, dislocations, and joint or cartilage changes that indicate arthritis.
Fluoroscopic imaging involves continuous X-ray imaging to help make accurate diagnoses or guide treatment. Continuous live images allow Dr. Owusu to see inside your body in real time on the monitor.
After injecting contrast material into the spinal canal, Dr. Owusu uses fluoroscopic imaging to examine your spinal cord and nerves. He watches the contrast material pass through the spinal structures to detect abnormalities.
Computerized tomography (CT) uses X-rays to capture cross-sectional images of your body. The cross-sections can be pieced together to show a more detailed picture of your spinal column.
Magnetic resonance imaging uses a large magnet and radio waves to transmit images of the inside of your body. The test allows Dr. Owusu to get a detailed visual of your soft tissues, as well as your bones. When do you use imaging scans?
What conditions can you detect with imaging?
X-rays, myelography, and fluoroscopic imaging help Dr. Owusu detect spinal stenosis and disc herniation. Tumors, inflammation, and infection may also be apparent in X-ray-based imaging.
Dr. Owusu uses fluoroscopy to treat fractures, perform injections, and guide joint replacement.
X-ray-based tests are also great for those who can’t get an MRI.
CT scans also help your doctor diagnose spine problems, especially when MRI isn’t an option. The scans give Dr. Owusu the ability to detect herniation, stenosis, and fracture.
If other imaging tests don’t depict any problems, Dr. Owusu may order an MRI for closer inspection. MRI shows nerve damage and tissue inflammation that isn’t visible in X-rays.
How do I prepare for imaging tests?
Dr. Owusu provides all pre-testing instructions so you can prepare. Many imaging tests don’t require any preparations, while others require you to discontinue medication or fast for a number of hours prior to the procedure. You may want to wear loose clothing and remove your jewelry prior to your appointment.
To schedule an imaging test, contact Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute online or over the phone.