Have you ever broken a bone or needed to have an internal ailment diagnosed? If so, you are probably familiar with imaging and radiology scans.
These types of diagnostic tests have been instrumental in recognizing and diagnosing all manner of internal injuries like broken bones, internal trauma, and cancer. Imaging and radiology scans allow doctors to see into the human body, allowing them to spot injuries and abnormalities without invasive surgery.
There are many different types of imaging and radiology scans that doctors can employ to diagnose patients, depending on the area and ailment:
X-Rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that can be sent through the body to capture an image. X-Ray scans are performed by a radiologist and are the most common type of internal scans. Even though X-Rays use radiation to scan patients, they are carefully monitored and regulated to get the minimum amount of radiation need to produce the image.
Computed Tomography (CT/CAT) Scan
A CT Scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross sections of the body. They are typically performed to diagnose infections, identify abnormalities such as cancer, and to guide surgeons to the right area before an operation.
During a CT Scan, you will be asked to lie on a table that slides into the center of the CT scanner. Once inside, the scanner’s X-Ray beam rotates around you, creating a comprehensive 3D image of the area that is being scanned. Newer “spiral” scanners are capable of performing the scan without stopping.
During the scan, it is important to remain completely still, to prevent blurred images.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed pictures of the body, without the use of x-rays. MRI’s are performed in a similar fashion to CT Scans. The patient will lie on a table that slides into the tunnel-shaped MRI scanner. Small coil devices may be placed around parts of the body, to send and receive radio waves and improve the quality of the image.
An Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of organs and structures inside of the body. Unlike X-Rays and CT Scans, Ultrasounds do not use ionizing radiation. During the Ultrasound, you will lie down and a clear gel will be applied to the skin, to improve the transmission of sound waves. The doctor will then use a handheld probe to scan areas of the body. Since there are no known health risks related to Ultrasounds, and no radiation is used, Ultrasounds are commonly used by doctors to check the health and progress of a fetus during pregnancy.
Depending on the test, imaging and radiation can cost upwards of $1000 or more on your own. Since these tests are used to diagnose rather than treat, that cost can be more than many people can afford. ZendyHealth can help match you with a board-certified imaging and radiology provider in your area, and allow you to pick your price. Not only can you pick your price, but these ZendyHealth procedures can be covered by an FSA/HSA account as well. Our clients save hundreds off the retail cost of imaging and radiology scans when they choose ZendyHealth.