X-ray imaging, also called radiography, is a fast and easy way to identify and diagnose bone injuries and disorders such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, fractures and infections. It is also used in conjunction with orthopedic surgery to ensure that a fracture or other injury has been properly aligned, and it can aid in the detection and diagnosis of abnormalities in the chest organs, including the heart and lungs. X-rays may be followed up with MRI, PET, CT, or ultrasound imaging if further testing is needed.
We offer on-site digital xray imaging to aid in your treatment if necessary.
When a child fractures a bone, casting is usually needed for several weeks, helping to hold the affected bone in place so that it can heal naturally. Most casts require certain care to keep the area clean and dry, which promotes effective healing without risk of infection or other complications. However, this can prove difficult, especially in warm weather months, because it means restricting the child from many normal daily activities.
One method that offers much more freedom is waterproof casting. It can enable your child to swim and shower regularly, even shortly after having broken a bone. Waterproof casts can keep the limb immobilized for optimal healing with minimal disruption to your child’s routine. An additional advantage to having a waterproof cast is that the fiberglass is lighter and less bulky than traditional plaster of Paris casts.
Waterproof casting contains a layer of protective material that is added beneath the fiberglass of the cast before it is applied. It helps dry the cast out properly so that it can retain its shape and facilitate healing. Allowing the cast to dry completely after exposure to water is important to keep the skin beneath healthy. Eventually, however, waterproof casts may thin out and therefore are not always appropriate depending upon the type of fracture.
Ideal for swimming in a pool or showering, waterproof casts are not for use at the beach. Sand and other irritants can easily become lodged under the cast, which can lead to irritation and discomfort.
Electronic Medical Records
Electronic medical records keep all of your health information stored in a computer system. This simplifies retrieval as medical records stored electronically always remain within the system and can never be lost or destroyed as paper records can. It also makes more comprehensive care more realistic than ever, since electronic health records are easily shared between specialists in different disciplines and among healthcare providers in multiple facilities.
When all healthcare providers have access to the same records, as can be facilitated electronically, the safety of the patient is thoroughly ensured. Nothing will be prescribed or recommended that is contraindicated to care another doctor has provided. Patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure also benefit by improved monitoring ability and results of testing that are available at a physician’s fingertips.
With just some basic information input into a computer, electronic medical records can turn around a tremendous amount of information including potential diagnoses. They can also be used to examine overall health issues, not just limited to an individual patient, but within a neighborhood, workplace or city, to track health hazards.