MRI of the Knee: What to Expect and How to Prepare

MRI of the Knee: What to Expect and How to Prepare

An MRI of the knee can reveal valuable information to a trained professional. Accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, or simple knee pain can warrant a doctor ordering a such a scan. MRIs are perfectly safe, and unlike X-rays and CT scans, they don’t use radiation. In fact, anxiety in anticipation of the scan can be the […]

The MRI Prescreening Process: What to Know

The MRI Prescreening Process: What to Know

Before every scan, patients must submit to an MRI prescreening process so radiologists can be sure everything goes smoothly during the procedure. It’s not that MRI scans are dangerous; in and of themselves, they aren’t. In fact, because they don’t expose patients to ionizing radiation, they’re much safer than X-rays. But MRI machines rely on […]

Price Transparency in Diagnostic Imaging

Price Transparency in Diagnostic Imaging

The story of price transparency should be as simple as the tag on a box of cereal. Somehow, though, the practice of telling a customer how much a product costs before handing it over hasn’t filtered into a sector that makes up nearly 18 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product: health care spending. The […]

Diagnostic Reference Levels: Reducing Radiation Exposure Safe During X-Rays and CT Scans

Diagnostic Reference Levels: Reducing Radiation Exposure Safe During X-Rays and CT Scans

Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are just one of the ways radiologists protect patients from excessive exposure to radiation during X-rays and CT scans, but most patients can go through a lifetime of imaging procedures without ever hearing of a DRL. If you’re worried about the ionizing radiation associated with some types of diagnostic imaging, though, […]