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Extremity MRI Specialist

Perimeter Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Atlanta, GA

An MRI is a common imaging test that helps your doctor identify damage to your soft tissues. At Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC in Atlanta, Georgia, the team offers a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional MRIs using the new O-Scan, which is a dedicated MRI for extremities. This innovative extremity MRI imaging test allows your doctor to diagnose your condition in less time but with more accuracy. To speak with an orthopedic specialist about your condition, call the office or book your visit online today.

Extremity MRI Q&A

What is an extremity MRI?

An MRI is an imaging test that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the soft tissues and bones in your body. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, MRIs don’t require radiation. 

An extremity MRI is a safe and convenient imaging test that allows your doctor to produce detailed images of specific limbs (extremities) and joints including your ankle, knee, calf, foot, hand, wrist, and elbow. At Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC, the team uses extremity MRIs to diagnose a number of conditions like:

  • ACL injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Meniscal tears
  • Bursitis
  • Infections
  • Strains

Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC offers convenient, on-site diagnostics using some of the latest imaging tests. In addition to extremity MRIs, the team also offers X-rays, ultrasounds, and CT imaging with pedCAT™. 

How are extremity MRIs different from traditional MRIs?

Traditional MRI scanners are large, tube-like machines that require you to lie motionless on a sliding table for an hour or longer. This type of imaging test is often uncomfortable and causes many people to experience feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia. 

An extremity MRI allows your head and torso to remain outside the scanner, and your doctor can focus the examination on the affected area of your body. 

The O-scan extremity MRI is designed with a chair that allows you to sit comfortably as you place your leg or arm in the small opening of the scanner. In many cases, your doctor can perform your extremity MRI while you’re fully clothed. An extremity MRI allows your doctor to accurately diagnose your condition and plan your treatment while ensuring your safety and comfort.  

What should I expect during my extremity MRI?

In most cases, you don’t need to take special steps to get ready for your extremity MRI. Your doctor may suggest removing eyeglasses, jewelry, and other items that can interfere with the magnetic imaging. Once you sit down and place the affected limb into the scanner, you may hear tapping or thumping noises as the machine surrounds your limb with a strong magnetic field. 

MRIs are painless, and you won’t feel the magnetic field or radio waves as the scanner develops your images. Once the procedure is over, your doctor analyzes your images and discusses the next steps in planning your treatment. 

The orthopedic specialists at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC specialize in a number of advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. To find out if an extremity MRI is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.