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X-rays of the Extremities

This procedure is often used as the first step in diagnosing injuries of the extremities, but may also be used to evaluate other problems involving the bones and/or soft tissues.

X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back

This procedure may be used to diagnose back or neck pain, fractures or broken bones, arthritis, degeneration of the disks, tumors, or other problems.

Bone Scan

A bone scan is used to examine the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes in bone.

Bone Biopsy

A bone biopsy is a procedure in which bone samples are removed to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine

A CT scan of the spine may be performed to assess the spine for a herniated disk, tumors and other lesions, the extent of injuries, structural anomalies such as spina bifida, blood vessel malformations, or other conditions.
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