Rocky Mountain Accident Care

Physical Therapist & Auto Injury Specialist located in Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Centennial and Westminster, CO

If you’ve suffered an injury from an automobile collision, fall, or other accident, the medical staff at Rocky Mountain Accident Care in Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Centennial and Westminster, Colorado, can help. The team uses imaging and other tests to diagnose your injury, establishes a treatment plan that best matches your needs, aids in rehabilitation, and helps you file insurance claims to reduce financial burdens. Make an appointment for an evaluation at Rocky Mountain Accident Care by phone or online today.

Imaging Q & A

What are imaging tests?

Imaging tests allow doctors to view the inside of your body. These tests are an important part of injury assessments, as they help your provider diagnose broken bones, internal bleeding, and numerous other injuries that can turn serious or heal improperly if left untreated.

Which imaging tests might I need?

Based on your medical history and symptoms, your provider lets you know which imaging tests are needed to properly diagnose your injury. They may recommend:


X-rays use radiation (electromagnetic waves) to create pictures of the inside of your body. Your provider might recommend an X-ray to rule out or diagnose broken bones.

CT scans

CT, or computed tomography, scans are imaging tests that use special X-ray equipment to check the inside of your body for internal bleeding, blood clots, and broken bones after you’ve been in an automobile or other accident.

MRI scans

During an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, your provider uses magnetic fields and radio waves to view the inside of your body. MRIs help diagnose torn ligaments, brain or spinal cord injuries, and numerous other personal injuries.


Ultrasounds are imaging tests that use sound waves to view organs, such as your liver, kidneys, heart, and other structures inside your body. Your provider uses a device called a transducer to send sound waves through your body and create images without radiation.

What should I expect during imaging tests?

What you should expect during an imaging test depends on which type of test you require.

  • During an ultrasound, you lie on a table while a technician moves a transducer over injured areas of your body
  • For an MRI, you lie on a table that slides inside of a tunnel-shaped machine
  • A CT scan involves lying still on a table that passes through a special X-ray machine, and possibly receiving dye to enhance images of your body
  • During X-rays, you might wear an apron to protect certain parts of your body, as your provider uses a machine that produces electromagnetic waves to create images

Imaging tests are simple procedures your doctor uses to properly diagnose auto accident and other personal injuries, and determine which treatment best matches your needs. When you’re ready for an injury assessment after an auto accident, call Rocky Mountain Accident Care or use the online scheduler today.