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The diagnosis of foot and ankle conditions may require the need for certain tests to help determine the specific condition plaguing patients. The MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the CAT scan, or Computed Axial Tomography scan, are two such methods.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

mriOur practice uses the Esaote Dedicated MRI. The MRI is a safe and painless method that allows the podiatrist to view the soft tissue of the body, aiding in diagnosis. The MRI uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create images of the body. Most MRI exams take less than an hour to complete.

Leading up to their MRI exam, patients can eat, drink, and take regularly-prescribed medications prior to the exam. Depending on the exam you are having, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any possibility of interference from metal in zippers and fasteners. Metal objects such as watches, credit cards, jewelry, keys, pocket knives, and hearing aids will be asked to be removed before approaching the MRI. Metal objects can potentially affect the MRI’s magnet.

MRI images are similar to conventional x-rays; however, they provide much more detailed information. During the exam, the patient will be asked to recline in a comfortable chair. The chair will be adjusted and moved toward the magnet opening, where the patient will then insert the body part to be scanned. The patient will be asked to remain still during the examination.


Computed Axial Tomography Scan

ped catOur practice uses CurveBeam Extremity CT imaging. CurveBeam employs the use of Cone Beam CT technology, which involves a cone shaped fan beam to make only one rotation to capture the entire anatomy. CurveBeam’s pedCAT provides high resolution, high quality imaging, even with metal implants and hardware. Scan time with pedCAT is one minute, during which one or both ankles and feet can be imaged.

During the exam, the patient will be asked to either stand in weight bearing or seated position within the base of the pedCAT machine. pedCAT scans are ultra-low dose.


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