Radiographic Testing After an Accident
After a serious injury accident, such as a car crash, bicycle collision, or truck accident, it is often necessary for the victim to undergo a number of medical tests to diagnose or rule out serious injuries. Doctors will often use radiographic testing to identify musculoskeletal injuries, such as broken bones, inflamed soft tissue, or spinal injuries by generating images of the internal structure of the human body.
The San Diego personal injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group strongly believe that accident survivors deserve to have ready access to vital information that can make a huge difference in his or her recovery. The following information will help you understand the treatment options that may be essential after an injury accident.
What are the most Common Radiographic Tests used to Diagnose Injuries?
Medical X-rays are an effective and painless method for examining many parts of the body, particularly the bones, teeth, and internal organs. The X-ray sends a small burst of radiation through the body and creates an image on a specialized plate in a matter of minutes that can show traumatic bone and joint injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, and organ damage.
An X-ray is the most commonly used radiographic test and is often used in addition to MRIs, CT scans, and nerve conduction studies.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan
An MRI scan is one of the most common tests used to diagnose most neck, back, shoulder, or knee injuries. Using magnetism, radio waves, and a computer, an MRI scan provides much more detailed images of soft tissues and ligaments than x-rays or CT scans. Medical professionals often rely on MRI scans when diagnosing spinal cord trauma, brain injuries, and other internal damage. However, many doctors will delay performing an MRI scan in order to avoid charging the patient's insurance company for the costly test.
Medical professionals often rely on MRI scans when diagnosing spinal cord trauma, brain injuries, and other internal damage. (Images Courtesy of North County Graphics)
A standard MRI scan is performed with the patient lying down and more advanced types can be performed by the patient is standing. A "standup" MRI scan is helpful when examining spine injuries because the scan will show any types of herniated or damaged lumbar or cervical discs as pressure is placed on the spine.
A computed tomography, or CT scan, is an enhanced form of X-ray that can create 3-D images of various sections of the body. For example, the CT scan can produce a cross-sectional image of a patient's brain in order to detect hemorrhages, tumors, or other trauma. This test is often used after an MRI scan to further investigate injuries involving soft tissue, organs, blood vessels, and bones. In many cases, a CT scan is performed using a dye known as contrast material, which the patient may drink or have injected to produce more detailed images of the internal organs and structures.
What are the Dangers of Radiographic Testing?
The benefits of radiographic testing far exceed the small risk of cancer associated with the procedures. Radiography tests may pose a small risk of radiation-induced cancers later in life or disturbances in the natural growth of an embryo or fetus when performed on a pregnant patient. Unless X-rays or CT scans are medically necessary, it is recommended that patients receive only the lowest possible exposure. There are numerous regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the safe use of radiation used in X-ray and CT scans. It is recommended that medical professionals inform patients of the risks and benefits of radiographic scans before performing an examination.
Contact a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer
It is important that you receive basic medical testing in a timely manner. Diagnosing an injury or illness as early as possible can greatly increase your chance of a successful recovery. Radiographic tests can play a major role in identifying and treating many types of injuries that are often suffered in personal injury accidents.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident caused by another's recklessness or wrongful actions, seek medical attention as soon as possible. It may be in your best interests to speak with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your circumstances. The experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group can provide the information and insight you need to make informed decisions about your future and whether to pursue legal action. Call (888) 233-5020 for a no-cost consultation.
Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.