Tests & Screenings

Finding the source of your brain or neurological condition is one of the first steps in proper treatment. At ​Hi-Desert Medical Center, we offer a wide range of tests and screenings at our hospital. Among common tests and screenings:

BACK AND SPINE

CT SCAN

A Computerized tomography (CT) scan is a test that involves combining X-rays taken from multiple angles to form a cross-sectional image of blood vessels and soft tissues.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that creates detailed images of organs and tissues using a magnetic field and radio waves.  

LUMBAR DISC REPLACEMENT

Disc replacement is the surgical procedure in which a worn or damaged intervertebral disc is replaced by an artificial disc designed to allow continued motion of that part of the spine. The artificial disc is made of two metal components, with or without a plastic spacer in between. The metal plates are attached to the vertebrae that sit above and below the damaged disc. Your spine surgeon, often in conjunction with a vascular surgeon, performs the surgery through an incision made into your abdomen. Lumbar disc replacement is an operation which may be effective in relieving lower back pain due to a worn or damaged intervertebral disc.

KYPHOPLASTY

During a kyphoplasty, a balloon is inserted into a vertebra that has been fractured by osteoporosis. The cavity created by the balloon is then filled with bone cement.

VERTEBROPLASTY

Vertebroplasty involves injecting bone cement directly into a vertebra that has become narrow. This procedure is most frequently used for those who have pain due to a recent compression fracture of the spine.

HAND AND WRIST

PHYSICAL EXAM

A physical exam will check the affected hand, wrist and elbow areas for tenderness, swelling, deformity, nerve damage, range of motion, open wounds and impaired blood flow.

CT SCAN

A Computerized tomography (CT) scan is a test that involves combining X-rays taken from multiple angles to form a cross-sectional image of blood vessels and soft tissues.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that creates detailed images of organs and tissues using a magnetic field and radio waves.

X-RAY

An x-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the hand, wrist or elbow so a physician can see images of the patient’s injury.

HIP 

CT SCAN

A Computerized tomography (CT) scan is a test that involves combining X-rays taken from multiple angles to form a cross-sectional image of blood vessels and soft tissues. MRI Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that creates detailed images of organs and tissues using a magnetic field and radio waves. 

NUCLEAR MEDICINE BONE SCAN

Using a nuclear medicine bone scan, physicians can see the effects of injury, disease or infection on the hipbones. A nuclear medicine bone scan also shows whether there has been any improvement or deterioration in a bone abnormality after treatment.

X-RAY

An X-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the body so that a physician can see images of the internal makeup of the patient’s hip.

KNEE 

X-RAY

X-rays involve using electromagnetic waves to create images of the inside of your body.

SHOULDER

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that creates detailed images of organs and tissues using a magnetic field and radio waves.

CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT

A cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical procedure performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine to help relieve pressure on nerves, and perhaps even the spinal cord itself. Over time, wear and tear, arthritis or an injury can damage the structures of the cervical spine resulting in pressure and irritation to nerves and nerve roots. This pressure can cause severe pain, discomfort, and numbness not only to the neck, but down the arms as well. During the operation, a small incision is made, usually in the front of the neck, and the surgeon removes the bony material or disc that is causing the problem. In most cases, the surgeon then fuses or joins together the affected vertebrae using bone graft or bone graft and a metal plate.

LUMBAR FUSION

The lumbar area of the spine is better known as the lower back. A lumbar fusion is an operation to stabilize the lower back by creating bony bridges between at least two vertebrae and eliminating motion between them. It can be done by fusing the vertebral bodies in front (anterior) or by fusing the facet joints and lamina in the back (posterior). Bone or bone substitutes can be placed on and between the lamina and the facet joints. Metal screws and rods or plates may be attached to the bones to secure the fixation while the bony bridge heals.

X-RAY

X-rays involve using electromagnetic waves to create images of the inside of your body.