Imaging (X-Ray, MRI)

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Orthopedic Specialists provides imaging services including digital X-rays and MRIs for the injured areas of your body at our four office locations. If you have any questions regarding X-rays or MRIs taken at our facility, please call (515) 955-6767.

How do X-ray scans work? 

“An x-ray examination creates images of your internal organs or bones to help diagnose conditions or injuries. A special machine emits (puts out) a smallImage of an x-ray containing the lungs, arms, and neck amount of ionizing radiation. This radiation passes through your body and is captured on a special device to produce the image.
The calcium in bones blocks the passage of radiation, so healthy bones show up as white or gray. On the other hand, radiation passes easily through air spaces, so healthy lungs appear black.”(Victoria State Government, Department of Health

X-rays are used to identify broken bones, tumors, and abnormalities throughout the body. The amount of radiation exposure that patients experience during an x-ray is not enough to cause lasting side effects. 

How do MRIs work?

Image of an MRI machine“Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three-dimensional detailed anatomical images. It is often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring.” (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering). 

The powerful magnets in an MRI scan are able to get images of the soft tissue across any part of the body. On occasion, contrast agents may be used to improve the quality of medical imaging. The strong magnetic field is not dangerous to patients and has no lasting side effects. 

On your X-ray and/or MRI examination day at Orthopedic Specialists:

  • Bring your doctor’s order and your insurance card with you to your appointment.

  • If an X-ray or MRI has previously been taken, please bring the films with you to your appointment.

  • If you are unable to bring your previous films with you, your appointment may need to be rescheduled.

  • You will be asked to change from your clothes into a medical gown that we provide.

  • Please remove all metal objects from your body, including watches, jewelry, keys, wallets, purses, cell phones, and pagers. Lockers are available to secure your belongings.

  • If you think you are claustrophobic, talk to your doctor about possibly taking a mild sedation before your MRI exam. If you plan on taking a sedative, please bring a family member or friend to drive you home.

  • Please note that during your MRI exam, you may be wearing earplugs or headphones, as the MRI machine makes noises.