MRI of the knee: never to be routine

In the event of knee pain, related either to trauma (fall, sprain, blow…) or without an apparent cause, it is often recommended that a patient has a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) to determine the course of action, even prior to an orthopaedic clinical...

Chest X-Ray before surgery

Before surgery of any kind, patients are often requested to undergo a chest x-ray. The idea is that this may lead to identifying problematic conditions that would prohibit surgery, lead it to be postponed or necessitate certain precautions. In reality, it is an...

Chest X-Rays for children with pneumonia

Not all types of pneumonia are the same. The one that our children catch at school or from family members, of mild to moderate severity, does not result in complications. For this type of pneumonia, performing a chest x-ray on the child is unnecessary. Visits to the...

Thyroid Ultrasound

The thyroid ultrasound should not be used for screening, or to examine a wide population, when no specific symptoms present themselves. There is a real possibility of finding benign nodules – or ones that wouldn’t cause any trouble – and assuming that they might be...