The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center has access to advanced diagnostic technology that allows for an accurate, quick assessment of Orthopedic injuries and disorders to develop an effective plan of care. Diagnostic tests include:
An arthrogram is a procedure that often injects dye and air into a damaged joint, such as the hip, ankle or elbow. The joint is then exercised to move the dye around, and X-rays are taken to examine the highlighted/damaged areas of the joint.
Computerized Tomography (CT)
A CT scan takes detailed cross-sectional images of the body that are used to identify specific conditions, such as lumbar disc herniation or bone fractures.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI uses electromagnetic radiation to detect, process and convert images of the body's soft tissue (such as spinal cord) into computer images.
Myelogram is similar to an arthrogram except the dye is injected into the spinal canal.
Nuclear medicine bone scan
This is a safe diagnostic procedure that involves an intravenous injection of a radioactive substance that accumulates in the bone to detect diseases and conditions. The accumulation process takes 3-4 hours, while the full-body scan lasts approximately 30-60 minutes.