Diagnostic Center

MRI

Diagnostic Imaging is a critical tool for an accurate diagnosis of orthopaedic conditions and both OrthoGeorgia at Northside Drive & OrthoGeorgia at Forsyth Street  are proud to offer state of the art digital imaging to our valued patients on site.

Our Signa GE 1.5 Tesla MRI is equipped with a sound system and head phones that play your favorite CD or Radio station while the study is in progress.

MRI technology is used in orthopaedics to identify subtle soft tissue abnormalities in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and is the study of choice to detect sports injuries involving tendon and ligament damage.

ACR

OrthoGeorgia has been awarded a second GOLD SEAL three-year term of accreditation in MRI Services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The 34,000 members of the American College of Radiology include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For over three quarters of a century, the ACR has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.

The mission of the ACR is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.

Digital X-Rays (PACS)

Digital X-Ray technology gives OrthoGeorgia a competitive advantage and provides the high quality patient experience OrthoGeorgia patients have come to expect.

The GE Definium Digital X-Ray Systems produce higher quality images that make a meaningful difference in diagnosis, time savings, and provide physicians and support staff more time for patient care. Our GE Centricity PACS System (Pictorial Archiving and Communication Systems) allows the physician to enhance the image in contrast, brightness, and magnification providing an "HD like" view of the area of concern.

These digital systems have the ability to store the images on CD's so patient's can easily keep their MRI and X-Ray's with their records.

OrthoGeorgia is staffed with certified radiology technologist's RT(R) who have been specifically trained in MR imaging.

DEXA (Dual-Energy Xray Absorptiometry)

GE Lunar Prodigy™
DEXA bone mineral density (BMD) studies of the spine and hip are considered the “gold standard” for diagnosing osteoporosis following changes in bone density over time.  DEXA uses low dose X-Ray of two different energies to distinguish between bone and soft tissue.  BMD is calculated and compared to normal BMD values matched for age and gender.  DEXA is a fast, convenient and precise way to help determine your risk of fracturing a bone and can help determine a treatment plan.

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Why should you get a DEXA Scan?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone become fragile and more likely to break.  If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks.  These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery.  It can impair a person’s ability to walk unassisted and may cause prolonged or permanent disability.  Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, deformity and spinal cord injury. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, men also suffer from osteoporosis.

Who should be tested for Bone Mineral Density?

  • Women aged 65 and older
  • Postmenopausal women under age 65 with risk factors
    • Family history of osteoporosis
    • History of fracture as an adult
    • Surgically-induced menopause (i.e. with removal of the ovaries)
    • Stopped menstrual periods longer than 1 year
    • Smoke cigarettes
    • Low body weight, less than 127 lbs
    • Consume more than 2 servings of alcohol daily
    • Get little or no weight bearing exercise
  • Men aged 70 and older
  • Adults with fragility fracture
  • Adults with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss
  • Anyone being considered for pharmacological therapy
  • Anyone being treated, to monitor treatment effect
  • Anyone that has been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for more than 3 months
  • Anyone taking steroid or glucocorticoid medications (prednisone, cortisone) for 3 consecutive months or more

Does insurance cover a DEXA Scan?
DEXA Scans are covered by most Insurance if you have any of the above.  Most carriers will cover 1 scan every 2 years.

Staff and Facility

The staff at all OrthoGeorgia Diagnostic Centers are all registered radiology technicians RT, (R) and are G.E enCORE™ trained to deliver the very best images possible.  Striving for patient ease and comfort, our staff offers a warm, clean and professional setting for your Dexa Scan.