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From Diagnosis to Recovery: The Role of Fluoroscopy in Orthopedic Procedures at GLMI

Published September 28th, 2023 by Great Lakes Medical Imaging

Orthopedics focuses on conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. As the field has evolved, so too have the tools and techniques used in both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. One such pivotal tool in the world of orthopedics is fluoroscopy. At Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI), fluoroscopy plays a significant role in ensuring precise and effective orthopedic interventions. Let's delve into the intricacies of its application.

The Basics of Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that provides real-time X-ray images, allowing physicians to view moving body structures directly. Unlike traditional X-rays that offer static images, fluoroscopy can be likened to an "X-ray movie," which can be invaluable during medical procedures.

Diagnosis with Precision

Before treatment comes diagnosis. Sometimes, orthopedic conditions necessitate a dynamic view of joints or bones to understand the full extent of a problem. For example, assessing the movement of a joint or watching how bones align under stress can offer insights that static images cannot.

Guidance During Procedures

Many orthopedic procedures, especially those that are minimally invasive, require extreme precision. Fluoroscopy allows orthopedic surgeons to:

  1. Position Implants: During joint replacements or the placement of rods, screws, or plates, fluoroscopy ensures that these implants are correctly positioned.
  2. Spinal Procedures: For interventions involving the spine, such as epidural injections or spinal fusions, it's crucial to avoid nerve damage. Real-time imaging guides the surgeon, ensuring safety and accuracy.
  3. Arthrography: This is a procedure where a contrast dye is injected into a joint space, and then it is visualized using fluoroscopy to assess joint abnormalities.

Postoperative Evaluations

After a surgical procedure, it's often essential to monitor the progress of healing and the positioning of any implants. Fluoroscopy can be used in post-op evaluations to ensure that everything remains as intended and to guide any necessary adjustments.

The GLMI Advantage

At Great Lakes Medical Imaging, our state-of-the-art fluoroscopy equipment ensures high-quality images with minimized radiation exposure. Our experienced radiologists and technicians are trained to leverage these tools, providing invaluable support to orthopedic specialists and their patients.

Safety Protocols in Place

Patient safety is paramount. We adhere to stringent protocols to ensure the minimal radiation exposure necessary for diagnostic clarity. Regular equipment maintenance and checks, coupled with ongoing training for our staff, ensures that every fluoroscopic procedure is as safe as possible.

In Conclusion

From initial diagnosis to postoperative care, fluoroscopy offers unparalleled benefits in the realm of orthopedic care. It provides real-time guidance, enabling precision that ensures optimal patient outcomes. At GLMI, we're proud to integrate such advanced imaging techniques in support of comprehensive orthopedic care.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Great Lakes Medical Imaging in Buffalo, NY, please visit our contact page.

Disclaimer: This blog article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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