Exams and Tests

Bone Densitometry Exam DEXA

A bone densitometry exam, also known as a bone density test, bone mineral density test, or dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA) diagnose osteoporosis or osteopenia, and assess your risk for fracture.

Spinal Tests and Diagnosis Animation

Spinal x-rays, CT and MRI scans are imaging tests your spine doctor may order to confirm your diagnosis, the cause of your neck or back pain are explained in the video animation.

Electrodiagnostics Animation

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) are types of electrodiagnostic tests explained in the video animation. Both EMG and NCV (sometimes called a nerve conduction study, NCS) may be performed to help diagnose the cause of back and/or neck pain.

Myelography Animation

Myelography is a test that produces a myelogram. The results can help diagnose a problem affecting your spine’s nerves or the spinal cord, such as myelopathy.

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.

MRI Animation

MRI video animation demonstrates magnetic resonance imaging, a spinal diagnostic test that produces detailed images of the neck and back.

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.

Discography Animation

Discography video animation shows how a discogram may determine if a spinal disc is the cause your back pain and leg pain.

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Discography Information

Discography confirms or denies the disc(s) as a pain source. Learn how the procedure is performed and its importance in planning spine surgery.

X-Rays Animation

X-ray video animation explains this first-line imaging study used to help diagnose the cause of back pain or neck pain.

SPECT Scan

A SPECT scan is an imaging technique that measures the emission of photons of a given energy from radioactive tracers introduced into the body.

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.

Neurological Exams: Sensory Nerves and Deep Tendon Reflexes

Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain are abnormal feelings that may be felt in the back and/or extremities.

Diagnosing Back or Neck Pain: The Physical Examination

Diagnosing your back or neck pain involves a physical examination, review of your symptoms, medical history, neurological assessment, and movement tests.

Neurological Exams for Neck and Back Pain: Nerve Deficits

A spine specialist may order specific neurological studies. These tests measure nerve performance.
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