For your convenience, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center offers numerous imaging options to diagnose orthopaedic injuries and conditions. We offer Digital X-rays, Bone Densitometry, and MRI. These options determine exactly what is wrong and how to proceed with treatment. Our State-licensed technologists are accredited through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Our MRI equipment are ACR (American College of Radiology), and IAC (Intersocietal Accreditations Commission) accredited.
Imaging Diagnostic Services Available
Doctors use a variety of medical imaging tests to help diagnose a wide range of conditions. Some of these tests use radioactive material while others use magnetic fields, radio waves, and computers to create images of your body.
An X-ray uses a small, but safe amount of radiation to take an image of a specific area such as an injured neck, back, shoulder, hand, arm, foot, hip, knee, or leg. An X-ray will show broken bones or internal damage. Further testing may be needed to assist with the final diagnosis.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
An MRI is a common procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create a detailed image of bones, muscles and tendons. No radiation is involved. An MRI helps doctors to diagnose torn ligaments, tumors and spinal cord conditions. If being in a small, enclosed space makes you nervous, be sure to tell your healthcare provider. It’s also important to let your provider know if you have any body piercings that can’t be removed, any metal in your body such as bullet fragments or artificial joints, prior work with welding/metals, or an implanted electronic device like a cardiac pacemaker.
An MRI can usually be scheduled within 24 – 48 hours. MRIs can be performed at our Montrose, Kent, and North Coast locations.
Bone densitometry (DEXA)
Physicians use bone densitometry to identify whether you have any decrease in bone mass. A dual-energy X-ray absorptionmetry (DEXA) is the most accurate test when it comes to measuring bone density. This test helps to determine your future risk of a fracture (broken bone) and diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis. It uses a minimal amount of radiation to produce images of the spine and hip area. This painless, non-invasive procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
Medicare recommends DEXA scans for women age 65 and older and men age 70 and older. Physicians also recommend a DEXA scan for menopausal women, estrogen-deficient women at clinical risk for osteoporosis, and those with vertebral abnormalities, history of a prior fracture, or long-term steroid use.
Testing can typically be scheduled within 24 hours. To make an appointment at our main campus in Montrose, please call (330) 670-4000 or toll-free (800) 662-4043.
In the lower level of our Montrose location, we are able to perform electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. These tests measure the electrical activity of your muscles and how quickly your nerves are able to send electrical signals. They help to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy, sciatica, and other nerve and muscle disorders.