Imaging of the musculoskeletal system is vital to the accurate diagnosis of your condition, and permits your physician to ascertain appropriate treatment. Better diagnostics provides better outcomes. Imaging also improves assessment of outcome with noninvasive monitoring of a disease or healing process.
Our in-office imaging services utilize advanced technologies and expert evaluation by your orthopedic surgeon. In-office imaging services offer convenience, easy access, exceptional service, and minimizes time traveled to an imaging center.
Digital radiology is a cutting-edge technology that provides the easiest method to determine the type and extent of the bone injury or disease. Because it is digital, the images are highly detailed and are available immediately to be viewed by your physician. X-rays are excellent to view the bones in the body, but are not capable of viewing the soft tissues.
A digital MRI provides a fast scan and offers a definitive diagnosis that identifies the degree and extent of the injury or disorder, without radiation. An MRI provides detailed images of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, nerves and muscles, as well as bones, to identify injury, damage and the existence of conditions like osteoarthritis.
A DEXA Bone Scan or Densitometry (Dual-Energy Absorptiometry)
A DEXA Bone Scan or Densitometry (Dual-Energy Absorptiometry) is a quick and painless test that measures bone density or bone mass. The only way to know if you have osteoporosis is to measure bone density with a DEXA scan. The hip and spine are the two main areas scanned. The goal is to diagnose osteoporosis, and to assess the risk of developing fractures.
Osteoporosis is the gradual loss of calcium in the bones and structural changes that increase the risk of bone fractures. This test is recommended for women aged 65 or older, which are more prone to being at risk for a fracture. Bone density testing may also be recommended for men with conditions known to cause bone loss. It does use radiation so, it is important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
The DEXA scan can also be used to examine the spine to screen for fractures in the spinal vertebrae, primarily in older patients, who have lost more than an inch in height, have unexplained back pain, or the DEXA scan reveals borderline readings.
EMG testing and Nerve Conduction Studies
An EMG (electromyography) test assesses the health of the muscles by measuring their electrical activity. This test is utilized when a patient has signs or symptoms of a muscle or nerve disorder such as tingling, numbness, weakness, cramping or muscle pain. A finding that there is muscle or nerve damage may be due to a herniated disc, ALS or another disease that damages the nerves and/or muscles. It is also used to diagnose the cause of muscle weakness, paralysis and twitching.
Nerve conduction studies measure the electrical signals that control the muscles. This test helps to locate damage in the peripheral nervous system, which are the nerves that lead away from the brain and spinal cord. This is a helpful study used to identify carpal tunnel syndrome.