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Keeping You in the Game with Sports Injury Imaging


Radiology Affiliates Imaging​

​Providing Sports Injury Imaging with Dr. Jeff Mathews

For more than 40 years, Radiology Affiliates Imaging has been providing the families of Mercer and Bucks County regions with the highest level of imaging technology. Our over 40 board certified subspecialty radiologists are committed to providing exceptional imaging services and have been trained in areas of specialty radiology.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Sports injury imaging are now being offered at Radiology Affiliates Imaging. Radiology is an essential part of the diagnosis and treatment of sports and exercise related injuries for athletes. At Radiology Affiliates Imaging, we offer the state of the art in comprehensive musculoskeletal imaging, so that you can get back in action.

Our array of top of the line MRI scanners – including a scanner devoted solely to the joints of the arms and legs – provide superb evaluation of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles. Our use of ultrasound provides real-time, hands on, and dynamic assessment of the musculoskeletal system in a comfortable setting.

Our radiologists understand sports and exercise related injuries and provide accurate diagnoses that are critical for your treatment and recovery. Whatever the need, patients receive the highest level of quality care and diagnostic expertise at RAI. 

Examining Sports Injuries with Musculoskeletal MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a commonly used imaging technique performed in a strong magnetic field utilizing radio waves to observe structures in the body. MRI provides high-resolution images of all musculoskeletal structures, such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

Musculoskeletal MRI is most often used to detect and diagnose the following:

  • Joint damage and arthritis, including cartilage, bone, and ligaments (sprains and tears)
  • Muscle and tendon damage, including strains, tears, and inflammation
  • Bone injury and disease, such as fracture, stress response, infections and tumor
  • Spine and nerve disease
  • Soft tissue tumors, infections, collections, and cysts
  • Hernias

MRI Options

  • 1.5T Open wide bore standard field strength
  • Open non-tunnel low field strength
    • Accommodates patients up to 550 pounds
  • Extremity MRI (1.5T and only joint enters machine)
    • Hands and fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, feet, and toes
    • Quiet and great for children
  • 3T High field strength (3T)

Examining Sports Injuries with Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a commonly used imaging technique that utilizes sound waves to observe structures in the body.

Evaluating the musculoskeletal system with ultrasound offers many advantages. Ultrasound provides high resolution and real-time imaging, with the ability to pinpoint the patient’s symptoms. Structures can be imaged in motion or under stress with ultrasound, which may help identify a problem.

There is no radiation involved. The test is performed bedside, and is easily tolerated by those with claustrophobia. Many patients that may not be able to have an MRI due to safety reasons may benefit from an ultrasound.

Don’t sideline your recovery! Get back in the game and get the right diagnosis fast at RAI!

RAI Radiology Affiliates Imaging

Radiology Affiliates Imaging offers highly specialized experience in every facet of radiology, utilizing current and progressive protocols with the most innovative techniques for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic intervention.