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COMMON DIAGNOSTICS

Our physicians, caring administrative and clinical staff are dedicated to finding the correct approach to meet your individual needs. We have the latest technology and training to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Arthrograms
A physician will use C-arm guided fluoroscopy to locate the area of interest for contrast injection prior to your MRI. The physician and/or technologist will be with you during this part of your exam and explain each step of the procedure to you.

Once the injection is complete, you will be transferred to the MRI scanner. The MRI scan itself is not painful. While the scanner is on, we will ask you to lie as still as possible. The technologist will try to make you as comfortable as possible but the position of your body during the scan may increase any existing pain you may have. For your comfort, we provide padding and music during your exam.   If you are claustrophobic, the MRI scan may be uncomfortable. The opening in our MRI is a “wide bore” opening and is very comfortable to most people. If you have any concerns, please call our office.

Because the MRI is a strong magnet, it is important for us to know if you have any metal and/or metal particles in your body, prior to your exam. In addition, if you are able to wear metal free clothing, you may not need to change your clothes prior to your exam. We will provide shorts/gown if you need to change your clothes.

You are not required to fast; you may eat and/or drink prior to Arthrogram procedure.

Digital X-rays
X-rays (radiographs) are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique.  X-rays are wavelike forms of electromagnetic energy that can pass through soft tissues to reveal an image of bones. Over the years, X-ray technology has been refined to become safer and more precise. Today, this is often one of the first procedures performed when a person is suspected of having a broken bone.

The part of your body being pictured is positioned between the X-ray machine and photographic film. You have to hold still while the machine briefly sends electromagnetic waves (radiation) through your body, exposing the film to reflect your internal structure. The level of radiation exposure from X-rays is so small that the health risk is extremely low and therefore not harmful. Your doctor will take special precautions if you are pregnant. That being said, if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please inform your doctor before undergoing an X-ray. 

Fluoroscopy Guided Injections
Fluoroscopy uses x-ray imaging technique to produce real-time video images that are displayed on a monitor. A physician or radiologist will use the C-arm to help guide the needle under fluoroscopy into the joint space.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another modern diagnostic imaging technique that produces cross-sectional images of your body. Unlike CT scans, MRI works without radiation. The MRI tool uses magnetic fields and a brief pulse of a radio frequency. Tell your doctor if you have implants pacemakers, defibrillators, metal clips, or other metal objects in your body before you undergo an MRI scan.

The MRI scan itself is not painful. While the scanner is on, we will ask you to lie as still as possible. The technologist will try to make you as comfortable as possible, but the position of your body, during the MRI scan, may increase any existing pain you are experiencing. For your added comfort, we provide padding and music during your exam. Some may experience discomfort if they are claustrophobic. The opening in our MRI is a “wide bore” opening and is very comfortable to most people. If you have any concerns, please contact our office.

A typical exam will usually last between 20-25 minutes. More involved exams can take up to an hour. You are not required to fast; you may eat and drink prior to an MRI exam. If you are able to wear metal free clothing, you may not need to change your clothing for your exam. However, we can provide you with a gown if needed.

EMG and NCV
Dr. Robert Thompson can help identify the causes of patients symptoms such as carpal tunnel, numbness, arm or leg pain, tingling, muscle weakness or pinched nerves in the neck or back.

EMG and NCV testing is the primary way to diagnose the severity and significance of patients medical conditions. This test is usally ordered when a patient has muscle or nerve problems.

For this outpatient test, there is no fasting or other pre-preparations. The patient may drive to the appointment and home following the procedure. Regular activies can be resume after the test is completed.