New Mexico Orthopaedics offers diagnostic radiology and imaging services. We use both x-ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines to see your bones and tissues — one of the first steps to diagnosis.
What Is MRI Imaging?
An MRI is a radiology technique used to obtain clear images of the internal structures of the human body.
MRI imaging is notably effective for constructing images of soft tissue structures in the body and is often preferred in musculoskeletal imaging.
How Does It Work?
MRI machines create powerful magnetic fields that align the nuclear magnetization of hydrogen atoms in the water throughout the human body. By repeatedly changing the direction of this alignment, the machine can collect enough information to accurately construct an image of the body, layer by layer. Contrast dyes are sometimes used to add clarity to the images and show structures and potential problems that might not otherwise be visible.
What Are X-Rays?
X-rays are sent, a type of electromagnetic radiation used to produce images of the inside your body, specifically your bones.
How Do They Work?
X-ray particles are sent through the body. Based on what these particles pass through, an image is recorded. Dense structures, like bone, block the particles and appear white. Structures full of air, like lungs, appear black. Structures with muscle, fat, and fluid appear gray.