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 PATIENT EDUCATION RESOURCES

 DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a high quality method of imaging the interior of the body using the effect of magnetic waves on hydrogen protons.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Myelography, with or without CT,  is a technique of visualizing the spinal canal by injection of radiopaque contrast into the canal.

CT/Myelogram (uncommon)

Labeled white cell scans are useful in detecting infection in bone, joints and soft tissue. Blood is obtained from the patient via venipuncture. This blood is separated, and the white blood cells are mixed with the isotope of choice, and returned to the patient.

Labeled White Cell Scan (Tc99 or Gallium67)

Computed tomography (CT) is a high quality method of imaging the interior of the body using X-rays (ionizing radiation).

Computed Tomography (CT)

Nuclear bone scan (or scintigraphy) is an imaging technique that utilizes bony uptake of a nuclear isotope to produce images of the skeleton.

Nuclear Bone Scan

Plain X-ray or radiography is an imaging technique that utilizes ionizing radiation caught on a wave sensitive plate to image the human body, especially the skeleton.

Plain X-ray

 DIAGNOSTIC INJECTIONS

Selective Nerve Root Block

Selective Nerve Root Block

Facet Medial Branch Block

Facet Medial Branch Block

Discography

Discography

Coccygeal Injection

Coccygeal Injection

Facet Joint Block

Facet Joint Block

Lumbar Puncture (uncommon)

Lumbar Puncture (uncommon)

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

Hip Joint Injection

Hip Joint Injection

 ELECTRODIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES

Electromyogram (EMG) is a test that evaluates electrical activity within skeletal muscle. Muscles emit signals that vary depending upon the state of the muscle fibers (e.g. relaxation and contraction).

Electromyogram (EMG)

Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) is a test that evaluates the function of the peripheral nerves, measuring the speed of impulses as they travel along nerve pathways. NCS is a non-invasive test, using surface electrodes to provide electrical stimulation to the tested nerves.

Nerve Conduction Study (NCS)

 DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY

Complete Blood Count (CBC) is a test that catalogs all the components of human blood. A count of each type of blood cell is reported, along with calculations of cell qualities and quantities that have been shown to be clinically useful. A specialized machine most often performs this count.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

C- Reactive Protein (CRP) is a non-specific blood test that indicates inflammation. A sample of blood is collected and the level of the target protein is measured. This protein is manufactured by the liver in response to infectious or inflammatory disease states.

C- Reactive Protein (CRP)

Anti Nuclear Antibodies (ANA) is a blood test designed to detect a range of antibodies to human proteins, known as autoantibodies.

Anti Nuclear Antibodies (ANA)

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a panel of blood tests that evaluates metabolic bodily function.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) is a simple non-specific blood test that indicates inflammation. A sample of blood is collected and placed in a graduated container. After one hour, the separation of blood cells from plasma is measured, and reported in mm/hour.

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

Anti Nuclear Antibodies (ANA) is a blood test designed to detect a range of antibodies to human proteins, known as autoantibodies.

Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

Human Leukocyte Antigen B27 (HLA B27) is a surface antigen strongly associated with spondyloarthropathy (joint disease in the spine). HLA B27 is most often associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), but is also associated with several other problems.

Human Leukocyte Antigen B27 (HLA B27)

Specific Blood Tests, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Serum Protein, and Thyroid hormone levels (T3, T4, TSH

Specific Blood Tests