Digital Motion X-ray

Digital Motion X-Ray® provides accurate, crystal-clear moving images to aid in diagnosing and treatments planning for:

  • Symptomatic Patients
  • Patients injured in vehicular crashes
  • Work related injuries / Worker's Compensation Cases
  • Pain Management
  • Sports Injuries
  • Upper cervical spine injuries or degenerative diseases
  • Anterior or posterior listhesis
  • Facet gapping and/or gliding
  • Dislocation and chronic subluxation
  • TMD
  • Barium Swallow Studies

The areas most frequently studied are the cervical spine, facet joints, and the temporomandibular joints. Extremities, shoulders, back and primary elbow, wrist, knee and ankle joints are also easily visualized using DMX.

It is of primary importance in the care of the patient to establish the presence of ligamentous damage, as these ligaments do not heal. The movement of the articular surfaces results in pain via fibers of the nervous system. Long term degenerative damage results from connective tissue injuries.

MRI, ultra-sound, plain film x-rays and other diagnostic tools CANNOT diagnose connective tissue injuries.

Only DMX provides objective visual documentation of ligamentous injury.

Studies help prove medical necessity of treatment, provide evidence of injury, determine appropriate treatment plan and establish extent of impairment.

Digital Motion X-ray studies are recorded on video as the patient moves the injured or affected area. In a 90 second cervical study, 2,700 real-time frames of evidence are recorded. Playback on a VCR shows the patient both in x-ray image and in a "positive" image at the corner of the screen.

Without seeing the patient move, doctors often cannot find the cause of their patient's pain and fail to diagnose connective tissue injuries.

Still images can be printed from any of the 2,700 images in a study.

Digital Motion X-ray is painless and often reveals permanent ligamentous injuries commonly missed by other diagnostic procedures.

If pain increases with movement, find and evaluate the extent of the injury using the 21st century diagnostic tool.

It is important to know that there are two different types of ligament injuries. One is called a complete failure, or “tear,” and the other is a sub-failure, which is a stretching of the ligament. Loose ligaments can only be demonstrated through a motion imaging procedure. That is why DMX can reveal these sub-failure ligament injuries in as little as 15 minutes, allowing the doctor to specifically determine which ligaments are injured.

Signs and Symptoms of Injuries and Why you may need a DMX:

  • Headaches
  • Neck or back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Other tests negative
  • Help show injuries in legal cases
  • Dizziness or Nausea
  • Loss of motion
  • Pain with motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Continued pain after treatment
  • and more ...

Commonly referred by:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Pain specialists
  • Family doctors
  • Neurologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopathic doctors
  • and more...

Traditionally, diagnosis of whiplash injuries rely upon non-moving diagnostic procedures, such as static x-rays, stress view x-rays, CT, and MRI. During these tests, patients are asked to stand or lie still: “Don’t move ” and/or “Hold your breath.” Patients hurt more when they move, and pain is commonly an indicator of injury. The majority of these non-moving diagnostic tests come out negative or unremarkable.

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Arkansas Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is proud to use Digital Motion X-ray.

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