Our goal at Advanced Sports Medicine Center is to provide you with timely, state-of-the-art orthopedic care in Sarasota, Florida.
We understand our patients lead busy lives. That’s why we’ve made it as easy as possible to get the orthopedic care you need all under one roof. For your convenience, we offer a variety of diagnostic testing on the premises, including digital X-ray, MRI, DEXA bone density scan, and nerve conduction studies, as well as same-day urgent care for orthopedic injuries that need immediate attention.
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On-Site Diagnostic Testing
There’s no need to drive to a hospital or other location for some of the most common diagnostic tests used to confirm or rule out certain orthopedic conditions. For your convenience, we perform the following testing right here in our office. Ask your orthopedic doctor which test you may need.
The first step in diagnosing an orthopedic problem is typically through digital X-rays. This painless, noninvasive imaging test can identify problems with structures inside the body, most notably problems with your bones. And because the images are stored as digital images on a computer, the images can be enhanced to highlight certain areas for a more accurate reading and can be easily shared with your other healthcare providers.
Arthrography may be recommended for patients with unexplainable joint pain. This is a two-part imaging test involving the injection of a contrast dye directly into the joint, then using imaging equipment such as an X-ray or MRI to get an even clearer image of what may be wrong.
Orthopedic doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study parts of the body that are made of soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Because MRIs use radio waves and magnetic imaging to create a 3D image of soft tissue and bones inside the body, there is no radiation exposure at all. MRIs are commonly used to diagnose orthopedic injuries and disorders.
Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) bone density scans emit a very low level of radiation. It is a quick, painless, noninvasive procedure most often used to diagnose osteoporosis or your risk of stress fractures. DEXA bone density scans typically involve taking enhanced X-rays of the spine and hip. It measures how much calcium and other minerals are contained within a segment of bone.
If the proper functioning of your nerves is being determined, as is the case with carpal tunnel syndrome, your orthopedic physician may order a nerve conduction study. An NCS is generally conducted along with an electromyography (EMG) to measure nerve and muscle function and pinpoint the specific source of the problem.