Xrays – These are used to look at the bones and joints. X-Rays involve a small amount of radiation. If you are pregnant, it is important that you let us know as it may be safer to delay. X-Rays can frequently be performed on the same day as your appointment.
CT scan – these scans provide far more detailed information about bones compared to X-Rays but require more radiation to achieve this. If you are pregnant, it is important that you let us know as it may be safer to delay.
MRI scan – these scans are used to give very detailed views of the soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons. They are also excellent to assess if there has been any damage to the cartilage within a joint. They use powerful magnets to produce an image and so no radiation is required. However, if you have certain metal objects in your body such as heart pacemaker or cochlear hearing implants then it may not be possible to have a MRI scan. You will be asked to fill in a safety questionnaire before you have a scan.
Ultrasound – these scans are performed by a specialist radiologist and are useful to assess tendons and other soft tissues. They are also useful in guiding injections within the foot and ankle.
Blood tests – We use blood tests to look for signs of infection or inflammation. They are also often taken before bigger operations to ensure that you are medically fit for the operation and to check your blood group. They are often done on the same day as your appointment.
MRI, CT and Ultrasound scans will be booked by your Consultant for you and you will receive a separate appointment from our team.