Diagnostic Imaging Referrals
As of May 1, 2012, authorized Physiotherapists in Alberta are able to refer patients for x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI diagnostic services. When indicated these tests can facilitate accurate diagnosis, help determine appropriate clinical treatment plans and provide a basis for specialist referral.
X-rays are best used for assessing bones and joint integrity such as a fracture or dislocation and are also very useful for demonstrating signs of osteoarthritis. Ultrasound is very good for evaluating soft tissues such as muscle and tendon, particularly those close to the surface. Rotator cuff tears, torn hamstring muscle and rupture of the plantar fascia are examples of injuries that are well evaluated with ultrasound.
MRI is very effective at looking deep into the body and differentiating soft tissue structures like nerves, tendons, muscle and cartilage. Knee ligament damage, spinal nerve root impingements and shoulder labral tears are examples of conditions where MRI is very helpful in providing a clear diagnosis.
If diagnostic imaging is warranted, your physiotherapist will determine the appropriate test for providing the most clinically useful information. Imaging results can then be incorporated into your treatment plan.
Our therapists that are able to prescribe diagnostic imaging referrals are:
Call 780-458-8505 to book an appointment for an assessment where our Physiotherapists will evaluate if you need to be referred for diagnostic imaging. Should you need the referral, our therapists will provide the information and referral form required to attend an MIC centre for testing.