Athletes should be aware of the dangers involved in their field of interest. They are constantly faced with risks of injury-causing accidents in every game they play. Depending on the type of accident they get involved in, they may sustain cuts, bruises, dislocations, or fractures, which require immediate professional treatment.
Treating sports injury, however, takes more than just splints and massage. Proper diagnosis is necessary in order for doctors to come up with a safe and effective treatment plan. Wrong diagnosis could result in the patient even worse and irreversible injury, which could consequently limit if not completely prevent him/her from continuing sports.
Diagnosing Sports Injury
To diagnose a sports injury, doctors need to gather as much information about the injury as possible. One of the methods they use is magnetic resonance imaging. This technique involves photographing the internal organs or tissues damaged by the accident. By collecting images of body parts that are rather invisible to the naked eye, they can provide an accurate solution, which could save both the patient’s life and career.
Why Choose MRI
Previously, the only available imaging technique is radiography, which uses X-rays. In this technique, the area of the body that requires imaging is exposed to a beam of X-rays and take an image of tissues that are hard enough to absorb high-energy rays. While this is effective, it poses certain risks, especially because the rays involved have a certain bad effect on cells and tissues.
Doctors, particularly those that specialize in sports injuries, prefer using MRI, and for good reasons. MRI is considered safe because it doesn’t involve the use of radiation or radioactive material, which are both dangerous to a patient’s health. It also produces much clearer pictures of the internal organs, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and treatment or sports injuries.
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