An accurate and timely diagnosis is always the first step in an effective and successful treatment plan, especially when the delicate nerves and connective tissue that control movement and dexterity of the hands, wrists, and fingers are involved.
With many people putting off a physical exam and diagnostic testing until well after they have been experiencing pain and other symptoms for some time, many conditions are often not diagnosed and treated as early as they should be in order to prevent chronic pain, problems with mobility in the hands, wrists, and fingers, and even permanent nerve damage in many cases.
Benefits of In-Office Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology at Fitzmaurice Hand Institute
Board certified hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has made it his mission to provide state of the art, cutting edge care for all patients, with the least invasive and most effective methods available. Whether through the development of minimally invasive surgical instrumentation system Endotech, or partnering with Dr. Mehmet Oz to offer a carpal tunnel syndrome information session and workshop, the goal of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute is to offer advanced medical care to all patients in a traditional setting dedicated to quality, patient comfort, and convenience.
For patients suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, lipomas, trigger thumb, or thumb arthritis, getting a timely diagnosis and beginning treatment as quickly as possible is always the priority in order to get back to work and daily responsibilities as quickly and safely as possible.
If Dr. Fitzmaurice determines that additional diagnostic imaging is necessary, going offsite to a separate lab facility for testing often requires taking additional time off work, driving to another part of town, arranging for additional childcare, and other added burdens that most busy patients can’t afford.
With most MRI diagnostic scans ranging from 20 – 30 minutes in duration, performing the test onsite saves valuable time for both the patient and the medical team, but also allows Dr. Fitzmaurice to access the results without delay, which facilitates beginning of the treatment phase without losing valuable time to lab delays and processing times.
Providing advanced diagnostic testing onsite offers a unique advantage to the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in a comfortable, safe, and familiar setting for every patient. When used in conjunction with Dr. Fitzmaurice’s detailed exam, an MRI can help to rule out a particular condition, or confirm the source of a set of symptoms, which can help to design the most effective treatment plan, and save time and money in the long term.
The advantages of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans include:
- Provide detailed images of the joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons to help Dr. Fitzmaurice make a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan
- May pick up added detail that would be otherwise unavailable through a physical exam alone
- Do not involve radiation and can be used on children and pregnant women
Hand Surgeon in Phoenix
If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, and other new symptoms in the hands and wrists, or would like a second opinion on an earlier diagnosis, contact the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix at 480-696-6618 to schedule a consultation today. After a comprehensive physical exam and medical history, Dr. Fitzmaurice can determine whether additional diagnostic testing and MRI scan are right for you.