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CT scan image generated by Orthopedic Specialists. Orthopedic Specialists is committed to providing the best orthopedic care for our patients. Our four Iowa orthopedic centers offer state-of-the-art medical imaging services using the latest medical imaging tools and technology.

At Orthopedic Specialists, we understand that high-quality orthopedic care begins with an accurate diagnosis. We ensure that our orthopedic doctors and orthopedic surgeons have access to the best diagnostic imaging technology available today. Our orthopedic centers utilize cutting-edge digital X-ray machines, MRI machines, and CT scanners so our physicians can diagnose your problem quickly and accurately.

How Does Medical Imaging Help Us Diagnose Our Patients?

Digital X-Rays

X-rays are a medical imaging tool that doctors have used for decades to diagnose injuries and diseases in patients. This type of diagnostic imaging technology has advanced greatly in recent years. X-rays are now faster than ever and provide clearer pictures of what is happening inside our bodies. High-resolution X-ray images give our orthopedic specialists the information they need to diagnose problems such as broken bones, joint damage, and old injuries that have healed improperly.

MRI Scans

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a much newer technology than X-rays. This type of diagnostic imaging is able to see into the body in ways older imaging machines couldn’t. MRI machines use powerful magnets and radio waves to generate detailed images of our soft tissues and organs. Our orthopedic physicians and sports medicine specialists use MRI images to identify and diagnose injuries such as torn muscles and ligaments or tendon damage.

CT Scans

CT stands for Computerized Tomography. This type of diagnostic imaging uses both x-ray technology and a computer to produce a series of images taken at different angles. CT scans can generate images of bones, soft tissue, and even blood vessels. Our orthopedic specialists use CT images to get a clear look inside the body and see things that aren’t visible on regular X-rays.

What You Need For Your Medical Imaging Appointment

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

  • If you have previously received an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan, please have your images electronically sent to Iowa Specialty Hospital prior to your appointment. If you are unable to have these previous images provided, your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

  • Please remove all metal objects from your body, including jewelry, watches, keys, wallets, cell phones, and pagers. Lockers are available to secure your belongings.
    You will be asked to change from your clothes into a medical gown that we will provide.

  • If you are claustrophobic or think you may be claustrophobic, talk to your doctor about taking a mild sedative before your exam. If you plan on taking a mild 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.

Creating The Best Treatment For You

Using the results of your X-ray, MRI, or CT scan, our orthopedic specialists will develop a customized treatment plan specific to your medical diagnosis. Our doctors will explore surgical and non-surgical treatment options, such as joint replacement surgery, medical braces, custom orthotics, or physical therapy to provide you with the best treatment and recovery outcome. Our orthopedic doctors and orthopedic surgeons will gauge your progress following orthopedic surgery or physical therapy using the same medical imaging technologies discussed above.

If you have any questions regarding X-rays or MRIs taken at our facility, please call (515) 955-6767 or schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Specialists today!

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