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At Fair Lawn Imaging, we’re constantly aware of the emotional status of those who are visiting our diagnostic imaging center. We know that someone who comes in to check the status of a broken bone is not going to be in the same emotional state as someone who is getting a second opinion on their recent cancer diagnosis.

Of course, we’re always hoping to find the best when it comes to our medical imaging. We hope that a particular shadow will have been misread and we can tell the patient (via the doctor)  that everything is fine. But we never let our hopes get in the way of an accurate reading. Let’s take a look at what our radiologists and medical imaging experts are looking for when a client comes in.

What Does Doctor Suspect?

Every patient is, of course, recommended to us by a doctor. In many cases, the doctor has a very good idea of what we might find when we take a look with our equipment. They might have performed a manual examination, or the tests suggest what will be found when a certain part of the body is looked at with medical imaging equipment.

Heading straight to that particular organ is, of course, what we do first. When there’s a 99-percent certainty that the symptoms suggest a particular illness, that is, of course, what a doctor is going to think it is.

What Does A Doctor Not Know?

Sometimes doctors simply have no idea what’s going on with a particular patient’s body. The patient might be exhibiting symptoms that are stumping a physician, and he or she might be placing quite a bit of the diagnosis on what medical imaging tech finds out. The doctor might note a particular organ (or set of organs) that is the primary suspect, but it’s up to the medical imager to get the best possible images so that a doctor can confirm or discard any ideas they might have about what is affecting the patient.

What Could Be There That Your Doctor Doesn’t Suspect?

If a doctor sends a patient in because of a particular symptom, they most likely have a pretty good idea of what the imaging technologist should look for. Are we looking for kidney stones? Cancer? A bulging disc? The doctor has a pretty good idea of what the most likely problem is based on the patient’s symptoms.

But what if the doctor is a little too sure? If we don’t find evidence of a particular problem that the doctor exists, we still have to take the images and try to discover anything else that might be in the same location. It’s possible we can find the problems associated with a much less common problem, and the only way the doctor will know this is if we show them the evidence. Doing so could seriously cut down on the number of rescans a patient has to have.

We love working with doctors in order to back them up and to help them make the right diagnoses. When your doctor suggests an MRI, CT scan, or any other type of medical scan, schedule an appointment online.