Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests help doctors diagnose injuries and medical conditions to determine the best course of treatment. Dr. Van Sice is a specialist in Orthopedic Sports Medicine, having served as team physician for many teams from high school to the pros. He currently is a team doctor with the Miami Marlins and has extensive knowledge in injuries that occur in the shoulder and elbow in the overhead athlete. MRI Imaging of the shoulder, elbow, or knee can be reviewed.
An MRI is a form of non-invasive imaging that creates very clear images of the soft tissue structures of the body. Unlike X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans, MRI scans don’t emit radiation. However, they do create a magnetic field and cannot be used in all situations.
MRI tests are used as part of diagnostic testing for a wide range of injuries that affect joints. These tests provide more detailed images of the soft tissue structures of the joint. They do not replace radiographs that show the bony detail very well, but compliment the radiograph by showing the soft tissues of the joint being imaged.
The most important aspect of a diagnosis and treatment plan is the history and physical examination of the patient. Imaging is a useful adjunct that assists in the treatment of patients. Overall, these scans produce reliable results for many different medical conditions. An MRI often times acts as a "road map" for surgery and guides surgeons as to the best procedures/techniques to use for the injury identified on an MRI.
Patients can have their MRI reviewed by Dr. Van Sice at Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Van Sice is an Orthopedic Surgeon with expertise in sports related injuries to the shoulder elbow and knee, not a radiologist. Often times an Orthopedist opinion is valuable to discuss the appropriate conservative or surgical approach to an injury, that a radiologist may not be as experienced in. Patients will be able to upload their MRI images to a secure “cloud” for review. Dr. Van Sice will review the imaging, provide a report of his findings, and personally discuss the findings with the patient. Please remember treatment should not be initiated by a review of an MRI alone but needs to take into consideration the history and physical examination performed by their treating physician. History can be discussed over the phone however, there is no substitute for a physical exam.