On-Site Imaging Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Imaging technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-rays are critical to the accurate and timely diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders and injuries. At Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, the highly experienced team has access to state-of-the-art facilities including MRI, digital X-rays, and EMG (electromyography). Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

On-Site Imaging Q & A

What is onsite imaging?

Onsite imaging is available at the Clive, Iowa, branch of Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, to help diagnose the cause of your musculoskeletal symptoms. Having diagnostic imaging facilities onsite saves you from the hassle of making a separate appointment for your diagnostic tests, which is far more convenient.

The results of your onsite imaging tests go directly to your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, ensuring you get answers fast. The practice uses the PAC system to view all your previous and current test results electronically.

The three main types of testing available at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, are MRI scans, X-rays, and EMG tests.

What is an MRI?

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a noninvasive and painless diagnostic test. It uses magnetic energy to create detailed images of your bones, joints, and soft tissues. MRI is useful for examining joint injuries or abnormalities.

An MRI is a large circular machine. You lie inside the MRI machine, holding perfectly still while the test takes place. You’ll hear a banging sound, which is just the machine working. Some patients feel slightly claustrophobic inside the MRI machine, but you won’t be in there for long.

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a fast, painless test that produces images of the inside of your body. It’s particularly useful for bones and other dense forms. The Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, team uses X-rays to examine bone fractures and look for signs of arthritis.

It’s often possible for you to have your X-ray during your appointment with a physician. The procedure only takes a few minutes, and your provider can review the results immediately.

What is EMG?

EMG (electromyography) is a diagnostic test that your provider uses to assess your muscles and the nerve cells that control them. EMG measures the electrical activity in your muscles to find the cause of weakness, paralysis, or muscle twitching.

When you have an EMG, your provider inserts a thin, unobtrusive needle electrode directly into your muscle. The electrode records electrical activity in the muscle while it’s resting and while you’re using it, to look for weak or faulty nerve signals.

Using these tests, your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can find out what’s causing your symptoms and then develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Find out more about on-site imaging tests by calling the practice today or book an appointment online.