Exams and Tests

EMG's and Nerve Conduction Tests

These tests can establish if a nerve is pinched, and give a numeric value to how severely it is pinched and often where it is pinched.

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Testing

NCV and EMG tests are performed to determine if symptoms (e.g. sciatica, weakness) are caused by a nerve or muscle disorder.

Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Tests

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests may be an important part of a spine patient’s work-up by their doctor.

X-Rays (Radiographs)

X-ray technology is one of the fundamental types of diagnostic imaging used by different spine specialists. It is truly the workhorse of imaging in most areas of medicine.

CT Scan (Computed Tomography) and CAT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography)

CT imaging uses low-intensity x-rays to create multiple, detailed pictures of the cervical (neck), thoracic (midback), or lumbar (low back) spine.

FRAX® Tool Helps Determine Who’s at Risk for Bone Fractures

FRAX® is a fracture risk assessment tool that calculates a person’s absolute fracture risk or estimates of the chance of breaking a bone (eg, spine) within 10 years.

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Measurement

Learn more about a simple test to see if you are at risk of a spinal fracture.

Bone Scan

Bone scans can detect changes in your bones before any structural changes can be seen.

Myelography (Myelogram)

A myelogram (myelography) is performed to diagnose disorders of the spinal canal and cord, such as nerve compression that can cause extremity pain and weakness.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a powerful diagnostic tool that produces highly detailed images of the spine and other parts of your body.

Physical Exam

The physical exam is one way the doctor will try to assess your pain and condition.

Exams and Tests Center

In the SpineUniverse Exams and Tests Center, learn the difference between x-ray and MRI—and how they differ from a CT scan.

3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Radiation from Spinal Imaging

Discussing risks and benefits with your doctor shouldn’t only be about treatment—the conversation is also important during the diagnostic process.

Bone Grafts: New Developments

The use of BMP-2 in spinal fusions will eliminate the need for taking the patient's own bone.

Gene Therapy: On the Cutting-Edge

Gene therapy is a cutting-edge technique that has moved from theoretical fantasy into a potential medical therapy.