Advanced Diagnostic Equipment and Procedures
At AFAC we use the most advanced diagnostic equipment and procedures to keep your feet and ankles healthy. At your first visit we will perform a thorough examination of your legs and feet for swelling or discoloration which may indicate disease of the veins that bring blood from your feet back to your heart. The doctor will check your nerve reflexes and gently squeeze and rotate the joints of your foot to check for pain or restricted motion.
For additional help arriving at an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Barlam may conduct an X-ray exam of your foot, perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or use ultrasound to examine joints and tendons. The doctor may also order blood and urine testing or a biopsy for certain types of skin growths or tumors.
Below is some of the diagnostic equipment we use at AFAC. We are one of the few podiatric clinics in the Pacific Northwest to offer a full complement of advanced medical technology to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions.
X-Ray and Radiography
We use these quick and safe imaging methods to check the structure and alignment of the skeleton and occasionally find foreign bodies in soft tissue.
We place joints under stress and use radiography to check the integrity of your ankle and subtalar ligaments.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRIs give us detailed information about the tissues, ligaments and bone structures of your feet and ankles helping us arrive at an accurate and thorough diagnosis.
Computed Tomography Scanning (CT Scan)
CT scans give podiatrists the best view of the foot’s skeletal structure and joints. CT scans work similarly to X-Rays.
A special dye is injected into the bloodstream and pools at the site of injury or inflammation. We use an imaging tool to see the dye and evaluate blood supply to determine the extent of injury or disease.
The same technique used to see unborn babies; ultrasound is non-invasive way for us to examine ganglions, bursas, joints, tendons, motions, neuromas, edema and swelling. It may also be used to accurately guide injections to the joints which need them.
Video Gait Analysis
Patients run and walk on a treadmill outfitted with video cameras so your podiatrist can view the results, frame-by-frame in slow-motion. We’ll check how your feet, legs and ankles are working and discover where problems are or where they may occur in the future.
For Additional Information
For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 206-FOOT-DOC (206-366-8362).