Orthopedic Tests and Procedures
A bone biopsy is a procedure in which bone samples are removed to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.
Bone Marrow Biopsy
In the center of most large bones there is a soft tissue called bone marrow. Bone marrow makes most of the body's blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy involves removing tissue from the red bone marrow. The tissue is sent to the lab for microscopic exam. The biopsy is done using a small needle inserted into the bone.
A bone scan is a radiology procedure used to look at the skeleton. It is done to find areas of physical and chemical changes in bone. A bone scan may also be used to see if treatment of certain conditions is working.
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Bones
Computed tomography is an imaging procedure that uses X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. It’s also called CT or CAT scan. A CT scan can provide detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissues
Magnetic resonance imaging uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of structures within the body.
- X-rays of the Extremities
X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to make images of internal tissues, bones, and organs. Standard X-rays are done for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.
X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back
This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.