NOC Radiology: radiological tests
These tests or scans are undertaken in the Radiology (X-ray) Department.
To look at bones and joints.
This is the scan used in hospital to assess pregnant mothers, but can also be used to assess inflammation within joints or elsewhere.
It is a simple scan, often performed during clinic, that gives extra information about inflammation and any tissue damage.
A cold gel is applied to the area to be scanned and a probe is put on the skin to send sound waves into the tissues. A black and white picture is produced on a TV screen which the radiologist (X-ray doctor) can interpret.
This is a scan used to look for increased bone turnover. It can be used to help assess if a replacement component is loose or possibly infected.
A small amount of radioactive material is injected into your vein. It is attached to a compound that is taken up by active bone cells. A special scanner takes pictures of you and highlights the areas of high bone turnover.
This scan assesses the density or strength of bones.
It may be used if:
- a patient has been on a lot of steroids
- there have been multiple fractures
- there are other reasons why reduced bone strength is suspected
- the patient needs to lie still within the scanner while several X-rays are used to measure the bone density.
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