If you’ve been injured in an auto accident and are seeing a doctor who works on a lien basis, it’s likely that your doctor has suggested you get an MRI done. Now, you may be wondering why they are suggesting an MRI over an Xray, or you could be wondering what the difference is between these two technologies.
Well, we spoke with Dr. Kent Salholm of TLC Chiropractic, our doctor who works on a lien basis in Garden Grove and Tustin/Orange. Dr. Salholm broke down the difference between an MRI and an Xray and explained to us why he, and most other doctors, will likely suggest getting an MRI done if the occasion calls for it.
Dr. Salholm explained that Xrays are an outdated technology, and the times have changed extensively since they were created. Xrays will only really show bones without much additional detail. While this can be just what you need in certain situations, it’s likely your chiropractor or doctor will want to see more details.
Fortunately for both ourselves and our physicians, MRIs show the ligaments, nerves, nerve roots, and disks in detail, things that can’t be seen with just an Xray. Plus, MRIs don’t have any radiation (like an Xray), so it’s far safer for you to get an MRI done over an Xray.
Dr. Richardson takes that even further by using a 3 Tesla Scan, which is twice as fast as a regular MRI, getting you out of the scan in half the time! Plus, he can see everything he needs to monitor his patient’s health in great detail. This way, he can diagnose any issues much more quickly and effectively. The more details you can see, the more you can find out the root of the problem.
This is why your doctor will likely suggest an MRI over an Xray scan if he or she needs to utilize a scanning procedure to help pinpoint the exact cause of your injury.