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Orthopedic Tests and Procedures

  • Bone Biopsy

    A bone biopsy is a procedure in which bone samples are removed to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

  • Bone Marrow Biopsy

    A bone marrow biopsy involves removing tissue from the red bone marrow to be sent to the lab for microscopic examination.

  • Bone Scan

    A bone scan is used to examine the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Bones

    A CT scan shows detailed images of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissues

    Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of structures within the body.

  • X-rays of the Extremities

    This procedure is often used as the first step in diagnosing injuries of the extremities, but may also be used to evaluate other problems involving the bones and/or soft tissues.

  • X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back

    This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.