Digital Imaging Services

In order to discover the source of your nerve and muscle pain, our physiatrist may perform digital imaging to help develop a unique treatment plan for each patient.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates provides MRI scans for identifying injuries and conditions in your body. An MRI is a harmless, noninvasive test that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to produce images of the inside of your body. The scans are very safe, and there is no radiation exposure.

Preparing for an MRI scan and what to expect on your examination day:

  • Inform the MRI scheduler if you have a pacemaker/defibrillator, metal fragments in your eyes or body, or any aneurysm clips, implants, or CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor). The team will take precautions to keep you safe.
  • We request our patient dress down to shorts and a gown for the MRI. Ensure your clothes do not contain any metal—zippers, snaps, buttons, or metallic thread.
  • You will also be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses, dentures, hearing aids loose change, wallets, bank or credit cards, phones, wigs, etc. This is to keep you safe!
  • If you are on medications, you can continue to take them as prescribed. If you have pain medication, you should also take these so your exam will be more comfortable, as you will have to lie still during the exam.
  • When ready for your MRI, you will be asked to lie on your back on the table. The table will then move the part of the body being scanned to the center of the MRI scanner.
  • It will be noisy! You will hear loud knocking, buzzing, and whirring as you are being scanned. You will be given earplugs to wear and offered headphones to listen to music.
  • If you are claustrophobic, please inform the MRI Scheduler when making your appointment.  We will request the medication from your doctor prior to the MRI to make the experience easier for you. You will be required to get the medication from your pharmacy before your MRI appointment.

Digital X-Ray

A digital X-ray (digital radiology) is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used in place of traditional photographic film. Digital X-ray is used to diagnose conditions by taking pictures of the inside of the body.

On the day of your digital X-ray:

  • Bring your insurance card(s) with you to your appointment.
  • If an X-ray 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.

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