Cranio-cervical joint instability is a problem that affects thousands of patients. It’s a condition that means the ligaments between the neck and head have become too flexible and stretchy. This could be the result of a defect or a previously healed injury. If left untreated it could cause pain, discomfort, dizziness and can cause permanent strain to the neck area, creating malformations of the neck and shoulders.
The problem is, traditional lay-down MRI scanners struggle to diagnose this issue because, when the patient is laying down, the strain on the muscles is in a different place. That’s where the upright MRI scanner comes in.
Upright MRI scanners were first created in 1996 as a booth type system. The patient enters the MRI scanner and sits on a chair. The scanner then takes images based on the neck and head structure as they are normally when the neck is tense and supporting the head. This means that CCJ is much easier to diagnose at a glance. Typical scans that can be carried out include an MRI knee scan, Shoulder, hand, feet, arms, head/brain and pelvis.
CEO of Deerfield, Dr. Fox suggests that the Deerfield upright scanner has really made it easier for physicians to diagnose CCJ and CM much earlier on, meaning patients can get the help they need much sooner than they ever could with traditional MRIs.
“These conditions affect thousands of patients per year and until now physicians would have to guess as to the cause of neck pain. Again, these two things are only able to be visualized on an upright MRI scanner.”
The Deerfield MRI scanner is set to change the lives of many patients and physicians alike, making it easier to identify problems to provide faster treatment and providing a less stressful experience for patients.
To understand how a Deerfield Upright MRI scanner can benefit your business, visit www.uprightmrideerfield.com or call 847-291-9321.
You can also get in touch directly at:
Upright MRI of Deerfield
457 Lake Cook Road (Deerfield Park Plaza)