Fort Myers Orthopedic Imaging

In-Office Ancillary Services

Imaging of the musculoskeletal system is vital to the accurate diagnosis of your condition and permits your physician to ascertain appropriate treatment. Better diagnostics produces better outcomes. Additionally, imaging significantly improves assessment of outcome via 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.

Our imaging services include:

  • MRI: Full-body GE 1.5 Tesla Magnet
  • DEXA Bone Densitometry: Dual-Energy Absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Electronic Testing: EMG & Nerve Conduction Studies

Digital Imaging

Imaging Services at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida include an advanced digital radiography system and MRI. Radiography, or X-ray, is the simplest way for a physician to diagnose a bone injury or disease, such as a fracture or arthritis. Traditionally this is done by viewing X-ray film on a light box.

Digital radiography is a cutting edge X-ray that provides more detail than a traditional X-ray and eliminates the need to develop films, which reduces patient wait time. Although X-rays are an excellent way to view the bones in the body, they are incapable of viewing the soft tissues.

Digital MRI

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.

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 assess the risk of developing fractures.

The DEXA scan can 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 & 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.

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