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Emergency radiology refers to imaging exams to diagnose an acute illness or traumatic injury.
Emergency radiology exams include the following:
At Dignity Health, we perform high-quality emergency radiology in Arizona. Our Phoenix area hospitals are located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Laveen, Goodyear, Surprise, Mesa, and Glendale.
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You may need emergency radiology to diagnose:
Doctors rely heavily on emergency radiology services to diagnose illness and injury quickly, determine next steps, and devise treatment plans. The detailed images that emergency radiology provides can be lifesaving.
A radiologic technologist will likely perform the procedure, and an emergency radiologist will interpret the results. The goal is to provide final results as quickly as possible to help diagnose emergency conditions and guide treatment.
Both X-rays and ultrasound are fairly fast ways to image a part of the body. Often, portable ultrasound machines are available at the bedside. Portable X-ray machines can benefit patients in critical care. Ultrasound may be particularly appropriate for children because it does not use radiation.
X-rays, ultrasound, and CT take less time than MRI. However, MRI is better at showing detail in soft tissues and internal organs, including the heart and brain. CT is better at showing detail for injuries and problems with bony structures, including the spine. Your doctor may use a combination of imaging studies to fully diagnose your condition.