Months of anticipation and planning were successful in the installation of our new Open Bore MRI. We are happy to report that it is up and running. Installing this sophisticated piece of equipment was an event in itself! Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and installation of our new MRI!
The benefits of a Wide Bore MRI, include a much more comfortable surrounding for you as the patient and features faster imaging and diagnosis. Other features of the Wide-Bore MRI include:
.70-cm open bore
.30 cm of face space
.Pain and mobility issues
.Pediatric and elderly patients
.Patients with special needs and conditions
Our OPEN MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) system utilizes a completely safe magnetic field and an advanced computer system to produce exceptional quality images of any body part in any desired direction.
The result of our OPEN MRI is a sophisticated diagnostic picture of the area your orthopedic specialist wishes to view. What’s more, there is no pain, no known side effects, and no radiation used with our OPEN MRI. This high-tech machine is ideal for patients who are claustrophobic. Patients who have had both a closed MRI and an open MRI have commented that the open MRI is much quieter and ear plugs are not necessary. … read more
If you suffer from chronic lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”) or plantar fasciitis (pain in the bottom of the heel), a new treatment is available to you onsite at the OSS Wallingford location: extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT).
What is ESWT? How does it work?
ESWT works by sending low-energy shock waves, similar to those used to treat kidney stones, to the area with the most pain – causing an interruption of the pain pathways by affecting nerves at the cellular level, and healing the degenerative process that caused the initial pain by creating new blood vessel growth.
Shock waves are generated by a device called the Sonocur Basic, which can provide treatment whether the patient is in a sitting or lying position. The shock wave head holds a kind of loudspeaker that drives acoustic pulses via a lens and a water channel, through a coupling gel on the treatment area to allow the waves to enter, to the affected area. Each treatment delivers 2,100 pulses, and the complete therapy usually requires three sessions, with a week in between each session.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
Because this treatment is performed in your physician’s office, with no need for imaging studies or anesthesia, it is less expensive than treatments in a hospital or surgery center. ESWT offers patients a non-invasive option to more traumatic traditional surgical treatments, with excellent clinical results.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
Patients who have had pain for at least six months and who have tried other conventional therapy methods without success are good candidates to consider treatment with ESWT.
Are there any side effects of this treatment?
ESWT may cause redness and bruising of the treated area, which typically clears within a few hours to a few days of the treatment. Some pain during and immediately after the treatment is commonly reported, as it is necessary to focus the waves directly onto the area of most pain in order for the waves to heal that area. A few patients have reported numbness and/or tingling sensations that radiate from the affected area, however these sensations have resolved without additional treatment in each case.
If you suffer from lateral epicondylitis or plantar fasciitis, make sure to discuss this treatment option with your orthopedic surgeon. You can download a Sonocur Basic brochure here, and please call our offices with any questions or to schedule a visit with one of our physicians at (206) 633-8100.
Many of us tense up just thinking about getting an MRI. The traditional enclosed tunnel or tube-like MRI units cause anxiety and claustrophobia. But did you know that Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle offers open MRI?
Our open-air MRI is completely open on all four sides so patients don’t feel confined. Open MRI is a great option for those with claustrophobia or fear of small spaces, or for large patients.
Our MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. An MRI technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. Exams normally last 45 to 60 minutes.
OSS’ advanced system has a powerful magnet, so the pictures of the inner body are clear, have great detail and allow our physicians to diagnose orthopedic issues and medical conditions early and accurately.
In addition to the comfort and precision, our open MRI lets patients relax without loud noises, common with many other units. We’re pleased to be able to provide a convenient and comfortable option for our patients who require MRIs.
Our MRIs are read by Seattle Radiologists, one of the leading radiology groups in the Seattle area.