What is the Difference Between X-Rays and MRIs in Diagnosing my Injuries Following a Car Accident?

After a car accident, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. You may have injuries you are not aware of and delaying medical treatment could be detrimental to your health. When you visit the hospital emergency room or your doctor’s office, your injuries may need to be diagnosed using either X-rays, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or both. These are common diagnostic techniques used around the world to help doctors see what’s going on inside your body and are an essential part of the diagnostic process. X-rays are a naturally occurring form of electromagnetic radiation. An MRI uses a stronger magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body. Oftentimes, spinal injuries just can’t simply be diagnosed properly without an MRI. So, accident victims leave the ER thinking that they are not injured until symptoms worsen and an MRI is eventually ordered.

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The Difference Between X-Rays and MRIs

X-rays allow your doctor to see whether your bones have been injured or compromised in any way. Everything from a hairline fracture to a major break can be seen with the help of an x-ray. X-rays are non-invasive and can help diagnose medical issues such as bone disease, infection, degeneration, or dislocation, or monitor the healing process without the need for further examination. X-rays can help guide your healthcare provider if there is a need to insert a catheter, stent, or other device, or perform orthopedic surgery. They are also effective in the treatment and removal of tumors, blood clots, or other blockages.

What an X-ray does for bones fractures and breaks, an MRI does for tissue and spinal abnormalities; it allows your doctor to get a bird’s eye view of the condition of your internal tissues, spine, and organs without the need to open you up on an operating table to see inside. MRIs are adept at showing detailed soft tissue damages that do not show up as well on an X-ray. Images generated are viewed as cross-sections or “slices” of the body part being scanned. MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.

The Importance of X-Rays and MRIs in Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can easily cause hidden damage and micro-injuries that aren’t always visible or apparent. For this reason, your doctor is likely to order x-rays and other scans such as an MRI, ultrasound, or CT to determine if there are unseen injuries that need to be treated. Receiving proper medical care and treatment is essential to building a strong personal injury case, so it is important to see a doctor immediately following a motor vehicle accident and follow through with any diagnostic tests your doctor may order.

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Insurance companies do not like to pay out medical claims, but at Whalen Injury Lawyers, we’re prepared to fight for you to receive the medical care you need and get the compensation you deserve. Our number one goal is to establish a direct, meaningful, trusted, and reliable relationship with you, and secure a settlement that is fair and reasonable. Our experienced attorneys will work closely with you to ensure that you are fairly and adequately compensated for any losses you suffer as a result of a personal injury received in a motor vehicle accident.

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