Imaging & Diagnostics
The majority of Hand and wrist conditions require the support of diagnostic services which include x-ray, MRI, CT and ultrasound. The information gained from these investigations allow the hand surgeon to diagnose your condition and offer you the best course of treatment.
1. X-ray. This is available at all locations and is used to examine the bones of the hand and wrist in particular looking for signs of arthritis, loose bodies or bone fragmanets, fractures and other more unusual conditions of the bone.
2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan). This is one of the current best techniques for examining joints for soft tissue injuries such as ligament injuries and damage to the joint surface cartilage covering.
3. Ultrasound scans. Ultrasound scans are a useful and simple investigation for some hand and wrist problems including problems with the tendons, diagnosis of cysts and other more superficial hand conditions.