We at AICA Ortho and Spine always get to the bottom of every injury, which is why we utilize every technique available to fully view your trauma. We always start with an X-ray of an affected area to determine if any bones are broken and can order an MRI to take a closer view at the injury.
However, extra care is needed when trying to confirm hairline fractures. If an X-ray is unclear or an MRI raises a concern of a fracture, the CT scan is brought into the care plan to add a three-dimensional view to the diagnostic process.
A CT scan, also called X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) or computerized axial tomography scan (CAT scan), makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray images taken from different angles.
The CAT scan produces cross-sectional images of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting. Essentially, this three-dimensional X-ray that looks at every angle and direction of the bone as a whole to help pinpoint and diagnose fractures that can be hard to find, such as a hairline fracture.
That’s why at AICA we not only have the most advanced tools available, we use them as needed. Because of this, we are able to pride ourselves on never missing an injury.
As we can determine if a fracture is present, we can specifically alert our patients how not to further aggravate the injury and can customize the care plan to ensure the healing process is as effective as possible and progresses quickly.
You deserve the best in care, whether you’ve suffered from a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or a work-related injury. That’s why our clinics are available speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Call today at 404-855-2141 to schedule your appointment!