When someone experiences pain in the joints, such as the knee, imaging procedures like the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), are used to find out the cause. This traditional method is effective, but it is not infallible. Recently-introduced technology offers another solution. The mi-eye™ lets our doctor visualize the inside of the joints and thus, determine a diagnosis more quickly.
What is mi-eye™?
mi-eye™ is a diagnostic tool that lets the doctor see the inside of joints. It takes the place of an MRI in diagnosing joint conditions. The procedure makes use of a needle with a camera to allow the doctor to see inside your body. First, the orthopedist numbs the area using a local anesthetic. He or she then inserts a scope composed of a needle and a tiny camera. The camera measures about 2 mm and has its own light source. The doctor can move the scope into different positions to view the different parts of the joint, like the ligaments, bone, cartilage, and tendons. The images are viewed through a tablet.
What are the Benefits?
Patients who undergo the mi-eye™ procedure have to undergo a shorter time frame compared to the traditional method of using the MRI. With the mi-eye™, the procedure can be done on the first visit to the doctor. On the other hand, MRIs usually involve additional visits for consultation and follow-up. Diagnosis can be received on the same day as the mi-eye™. The practical benefit of this is that the patient can undergo the necessary medication or surgery needed to experience relief. There is also less emotional stress from having to wait for a diagnosis.
The mi-eye™ is also an effective method of diagnosis for people who are not good candidates for an MRI. An MRI machine makes use of strong magnets to achieve the imagery. If a person has medical implants or braces made out metal, it can interfere with the MRI. In addition, those with claustrophobia can find the thought of lying inside the machine a terrifying prospect. The mi-eye™ is the solution to these problems.
The mi-eye™ procedure is also able to produce accurate results. The mi-eye™ transmits the images in real-time to a high definition screen. It can also make video recordings. These images can be reviewed or shared with the patient or other specialists. Because the images are seen immediately, the doctor can make the necessary adjustments to get a better grasp on the situation. The angle of the camera can be changed to view particular areas better.