Tests & Screenings

The most accurate diagnosis is one of the first steps in proper treatment for your hip. Los Alamitos Medical Center offers a wide range of tests and screenings. Common diagnostic tests and screenings that we may use are:

Computed tomography (CT)

CT stands for computed tomography. A physician takes a CT scan of a patient to obtain more detailed, cross-sectional digital images of the body.

MRI

A physician performs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate soft tissue injury and abnormalities in the hip. MRI provides greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.

Myelogram

A myelogram is used to evaluate abnormalities of the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots and other tissues.

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.

Ultrasound

Surgeons use ultrasound images of the hip to provide clearer pictures of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bone and soft tissues surrounding the hip.

X-rays

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.

Let Los Alamitos connect you with a physician

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 hip diseases and conditions in our Health Library.