Tests & Screenings

Proper identification of your hand or wrist condition is one of the most important steps in effective treatment. At Los Alamitos, we offer a wide range of screenings and tests. Among the most common diagnostic tests:


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.


A physician will perform a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to detect soft-tissue injury and abnormalities in the hand, wrist or elbow area. The MRI allows for greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.


CT stands for Computer Tomography. A physician takes a CT scan of a patient to obtain more detailed, cross-sectional digital images of the hand, wrist or elbow.


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.

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Call (855) 840-3668 or use our Find A Physician tool to be connected to an orthopedic specialist who can help you. You can also read more about orthopedic diseases and conditions in our Health Library.