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Monday, February 6, 2017

Which is Best? X-ray, MRI, or CT Scan

How do you know which imaging technology is best after a sports accident or serious fall? Is it an X-ray…an MRI, or a CT scan?

As every orthopedic injury is unique and should be treated as such, it’s possible you may need one or a combination of these tests for a proper diagnosis.

Here’s what each one does:


Quick, easy test to determine if bones are broken

Imagery of bones is limited to straight-on, one-dimensional view


Magnetic field and radio frequency pulses surround the entire body, or a specific part, to create an image

Best for showing soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, and internal organs

Also, good for assessing areas with irritation and swelling

Longer procedure than taking an X-ray, and must remain perfectly still to capture accurate images

A safe option if pregnant as there is no exposure to radiation

CT scan

Uses X-ray imagery but is able to see injuries from many different angles unlike a standard x-ray

Bets choice for showing skeletal structure and bones

Most useful in diagnosing head, neck, and back injuries

Texas Orthopedics has complete X-ray capabilities at all of our locations, and MRI services conveniently available at three of our offices. All of these tests are performed by our highly-trained staff of radiologic technologists.

If you need to make an appointment for any of these imaging tests, or to schedule a bone density exam for osteoporosis, please contact us here.

(Adapted from Healthgrades)

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