The Benefits of Emergency Radiology
Time can be our worst enemy and our greatest ally during an emergency medical situation. At Physicians Premier, your San Antonio ER, we consider the initial hour after the start of symptoms or a trauma as the golden hour.
When medical professionals are able to diagnose a patient’s condition accurately during that golden hour, the patient’s survival rate goes up, and the risk of permanent or long-term damage decreases.
Doctors rely on the expertise of emergency radiologists to help accurately diagnose a person’s injury. At Physicians Premier, our emergency radiologists are on-site 24/7, ready to perform the needed tests.
Our doctors are able to decide on the best treatment course and save lives with accurate and timely results. This is where our state-of-the-art imaging technology that provides results in minutes comes into play.
1. CT Scan
Also known as the CAT Scan, a CT scan gives detailed and clear images of the bones, soft tissue, as well as the blood vessels of the body. We often recommend a CT Scan in the following cases:
- To pinpoint muscle disorders
- To accurately diagnose infectious diseases
- To identify the location of tumors
- To evaluate and visualize bone fractures
- To diagnose heart disease
- To assess the extent of internal bleeding or internal injuries
At Physicians Premier, we use digital X-rays, which gives more benefits compared to their traditional counterpart. Some of the benefits include better storing and processing of images, as well as lower radiation exposure.
X-rays are typically used to evaluate these conditions:
- Broken bones
- Digestive issues
- Enlarged heart
- Locate foreign objects in the body
The ultrasound machine makes use of inaudible, yet high-frequency sound waves to capture images in a patient’s body. The sound frequencies can be adjusted, depending on how deep the organ or tissue being evaluated is.
An ultrasound may be used when:
- Acute liver, abdomen, urinary or gall bladder pain
- Abdominal trauma
- Are pregnant
The radiology tests at Physicians Premier, your San Antonio ER, are non-invasive, safe, and painless. The results are available within minutes, helping our doctors create a personalized treatment plan for every patient.