For your convenience, our Johnson County, KS office offers Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics patients a variety of advanced diagnostic tests through the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. Our on-site diagnostics include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital X-rays, electromyograms (EMGs) and nerve conduction studies. If your doctor orders an MRI for you, KCOI offers extended hours for scheduling your diagnostic test. For X-rays, our radiology technicians will take the views ordered by your physician as part of your office exam. Patients needing an EMG or a nerve conduction study will be scheduled for a separate appointment.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI captures images of muscles, bones and tendons, often providing information not detailed by X-rays, ultrasounds, and computerized tomography (CT) scans. A board-certified orthopaedic radiology specialist, who has advanced training and certification in MRI, strives to review and interpret MRI studies done at KCOI within one business day.
KCOI’s MRI scanner is designed for patient comfort and high quality imaging. It is larger in diameter than conventional MRI machines, and leaves more room between the patient’s head and the magnet, relieving patient discomfort associated with small spaces.
Digital X-rays, also known as digital radiography, differ from traditional X-rays by using lower doses of radiation and producing images in real-time. In fact, digital radiography images often make it back to the examination room quicker than our patients can return from the X-ray room!
Usually, your physician interprets digital X-ray results the same day, generally as a part of your office exam. However, in some cases, physicians may require up to five days to review the information before providing results.
Electromyograms (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies
Our board-certified physiatrists utilize electromyograms (EMGs) and nerve conduction studies to help determine if your nerves and muscles respond properly to stimuli. The EMG measures the electrical activity of your muscles at rest and in motion, while nerve conduction studies determine how fast and effectively your nerves and muscles receive electrical signals.
In addition to our state-of-the art diagnostic tools, we also apply advanced medical technology for certain types of injections. Our physicians employ both ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance for injections into certain joints and spaces to improve accuracy and minimize patient discomfort.
On occasion, one of our physicians may choose to use additional diagnostic tools located off-site. These tests include bone scans, computerized tomography (CT) scans, arthrograms, Doppler ultrasound exams and myelograms. In this case, your physician will refer you to an appropriate facility.
We accept most insurance plans, however, your insurance provider may direct you to a specific affiliate facility for diagnostic testing. Please remember to verify coverage with your insurance provider prior to testing.