Advanced Diagnostics

Advanced Diagnostics

At Spine Surgery of Idaho, we offer the most advanced diagnostics available to evaluate your symptoms and examine your pain to find the best treatment option available for you. To determine the root cause of your back or neck problem, one or more of the following test and tools may be used:

Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) – A noninvasive test that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to create detailed pictures of internal spinal structures to examine the discs, spinal cord, ligaments, joints and openings between the vertebrae.

Myelography – An imaging exam that involves the injection of a contrast dye into the spine in order to view the spinal cord and nerve roots more clearly through a real-time X-ray and computed tomography (CT).

Nerve blocks and epidural injections – An anti-inflammatory medication accompanied by a numbing agent is injected into the spine towards the area of pain. If the pain is relieved, this will help to identify the problem’s location.

Computerized Tomography (CT) – A diagnostic test that combines several X-ray images to create cross-section views and three-dimensional images of targeted areas of the spine.

Bone Density Scan – An enhanced X-ray that measures bone loss, most often in the lower spine and hips, typically used to diagnose osteoporosis.

Discograms – A dye injected into the center of the injured discs to produce a visible image on an X-ray screen.

Dynamic X-ray – A diagnostic test that uses X-ray techniques to obtain measurements of your spinal alignment to assess joint weakness or incomplete bone formation.

Certain conditions or issues that can be diagnosed using these methods include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Work-related spinal injuries
  • Revision surgeries
  • Tough cases
  • Second opinions
  • Spinal trauma
  • Athletic spine injuries

For more information on the advanced diagnostics at Spine Surgery of Idaho, call (208) 944-0056 to schedule an appointment.