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CT [computed tomography] scans and MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging scans] have come a long way in terms of their quality and their resolution. So we’re able to get much higher resolution images in a much faster time than we used to be able to get, which really helps patients get through the scanners a lot quicker. It makes the exams much more comfortable for them, and we’re able to get much better information from the exams than we were 5 to 10 years ago.
Patients used to wait 24 to 48 hours for results of the exams that they were very nervous about, and now that exam is usually ready within about an hour. Physicians really appreciate that we often will have the results to the physician before the patient actually leaves the physician’s office.
Our main procedures that we’ll perform are arthrograms, where we’re putting die inside a joint prior to an MRI or a CT scan. We will also perform small biopsies, and we’ll aspirate fluid from joints. On the patient side, I would say we have a lot of satisfying moments, especially if we’re going to do a procedure that they are anticipating is going to be painful. It usually is not, and they’re very happy when they’re finished with it. We tend to get a lot of smiles after we perform our procedures.