Knowing what's causing pain is the first step toward feeling better. That's why we offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment imaging services for individuals of all ages. Our orthopedic team will work with you to decide if diagnostic and treatment imaging services are needed, given your condition or injury. Our skilled team of specialists delivers caring, safe and efficient imaging services by using state-of-the-art equipment, such as:
Magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. This noninvasive test is used to help diagnose a variety of problems with your tissues and skeletal system. We use a 3T MRI magnet, which is twice as strong as a conventional MRI scanner, producing clearer images that offer more detail to aid in improved diagnosis — particularly for detailed structures, such as ligaments, bones and tendons. Watch this video to learn more about an MRI:
computed tomography (CT)
A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create images of organs or structures inside the body. CT scan images provide more detail than plain X-rays do. We may recommend a CT scan to help:
- Diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as fractures
- Guide procedures, such as surgery
- Detect internal injuries and internal bleeding
CT scans are painless and typically only take a few minutes.
CT scans allow doctors to see cross-sectional images (slices) of your body. This slice shows heart and lung tissue.
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. X-ray beams pass through your body, and they're absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black, while fat and muscle appear as shades of gray.
We’ll use X-ray technology to examine parts of the body.
- Fractures and infections. In most cases, fractures and infections in bones show up clearly on X-rays.
- Arthritis. X-rays of your joints can reveal evidence of arthritis. X-rays taken over the years can help your doctor determine if your arthritis is worsening.
- Osteoporosis. Special types of X-ray tests can measure your bone density.
The X-ray tube is focused on the man's abdomen. X-rays will pass through his body and produce an image on the specialized plate below.
Knee arthritis can affect one side of the joint more than the other. This X-ray image shows how the cushioning cartilage has worn away, allowing bone to touch bone.
Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, bone infection or a bone injury that can't be seen on a standard X-ray. A bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone diseases. The ability to scan the entire skeleton makes a bone scan very helpful in diagnosing a wide range of bone disorders, including:
- Paget's disease of bone
- Infection of the joints, joint replacements or bones (osteomyelitis)
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Impaired blood supply to bones or death of bone tissue (avascular necrosis)
Scan A shows hot spots (dark areas) in both knees, a sign of arthritis, and a possible fracture in the second toe of the right foot. Otherwise it shows normal bone metabolism. Scan B shows numerous bone hot spots, a result of cancer that has spread to multiple locations.