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, […]

X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

Sports injuries are unfortunately common, and their treatment often begins with diagnostic imaging. But why do some doctors order an X-ray for your knee injury or your ankle sprain, while others order an MRI, and yet another might ask for both? All imaging modalities have their strengths and weaknesses. Doctors weigh these against potential benefits […]

How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

Most patients get why they’re visiting a diagnostic imaging center; their health care teams want a closer look at their insides — preferably without invasive surgery. But not everyone is clear on why their doctors choose the type of imaging they do. What’s the difference between an X-ray and an MRI scan? Which one is […]

4 X-Ray Safety Practices that Protect Patients

4 X-Ray Safety Practices that Protect Patients

X-ray safety can be an uncomfortable topic. It is true that X-ray scans subject the body to ionizing radiation; it is also true that accumulated doses of radiation are associated with slight increases in cancer risk. However, before you decide to skip a physician-approved exam, there are a few things you should know. First, doctors […]