Tests & Screenings

Getting the most accurate diagnosis is one of the first steps in proper treatment for your hip. At ​Westlake Hospital, we offer a wide-range of tests and screenings at our hospital locations or our fully equipped Imaging Centers. See below for common diagnostic tests and screenings. 

Interested in how to live without hip pain? Start by calling (708) 681-3000 to connect with one of our physicians or use the physician finder tool below. You can also sign up for one of our educational seminars.

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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 

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.

Your next step: let Westlake Hospital connect you with a physician in your area

Call (708) 681-3000 to find an orthopedic specialist in your area or use our doctor finder tool

You can also read more about tests and screenings in our health library.