Orthopaedic Imaging and Diagnostic Center

Diagnostic Imaging is a critical tool for an accurate diagnosis of orthopaedic conditions and OrthoGeorgia is proud to offer state of the art digital imaging to our valued patients on site at all six of our locations.

The staff at all OrthoGeorgia Diagnostic Centers are ARRT registered radiologic technologists, RT(R) and GE 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 imaging needs.

Diagnostics Staff

American College of Radiology Accredited Care

ACR-CT

ACR-MRI

OrthoGeorgia is an American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited facility with a Gold Seal accreditation in MRI for over 10 years and added CT in 2019.

MRI in Macon and Warner Robins

MRI is used to evaluate muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, cartilage, and bone. It is a noninvasive study that provides a great amount of information. We have MRI scanners in both building A and building B in Macon and one scanner in our Warner Robins office. Our 3 GE Signa 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners produce high quality imaging while allowing you to listen to your favorite music with our headphones and sound system during your exam. MRI scans generally take about 30 minutes.

OrthoGeorgia is excited to announce the installation of our new MRI, The Signa Voyager Wide Bore, from GE Healthcare.

Combining Advanced Technology and comfort
In addition to cleaner, crisper images, the Voyager is:

  • More spacious – widest wide bore available accommodating patients up to 500lbs
  • 8x faster
  • More comfortable – feet first imaging, complete body exams without a single breath hold, needle-free imaging capabilities, noise reducing technology and a table surface designed to alleviate pressure points

OrthoGeorgia is also the only dedicated Orthopaedic practice in Georgia to offer GE’s exclusive AIR Coil technology, offering more comfortable and high quality imaging.

Sign Voyager MRI

MRI Scan Video Library

What to Expect at Your MRI Scan Appointment

MRI Scan Procedural Videos

Before your MRI Scan

A few notes before checking in for your MRI exam:

  • Please tell your physician or person scheduling the MRI if you have a history of claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces).  They may want to prescribe a mild sedative for the scan or schedule you at our Wide Bore MRI machine.
  •  It is important to tell your physician if you are a welder or work with metal in any capacity and feel that you have metal fragments embedded in your eyes.
  • Also, alert the physician, medical assistant, or scheduler if you suspect you have retained any metallic artifact or device from either an accident or surgery. These materials may interfere with the exam and further questions may be asked or a different study may be ordered.
    • pacemaker, defibrillator, spinal cord stimulator
    • cochlear implants
    • surgical aneurysm clips
    • wearable insulin pump or blood glucose monitors (remove prior to scan)
    • metal plates, pins, screw, total joint hardware in the area we will be looking
    • metallic foreign bodies: un-removed bullets, BB shots, shrapnel  
  • If you have had surgery before and were given an implant card which describes what type of material was used for your surgery or specific MRI instructions, please bring the card with you on your MRI appointment day. 
  • We will provide exam scrub sets and a gown if needed for you to change into during your exam. If you want to wear your own clothing, please no zippers, buttons, beads, metal fasteners, or decorations of any kind, no clothing with metallic threads.
    • Sweat pants or gym shorts, elastic banded bottoms should be fine.
    • No hair clips, bobby pins, bands with metal fasteners, remove wigs and hairpieces, magnetic eyelashes.
    • Remove partials, dentures, for any exam of that area, including cervical spine, thoracic spine, and brain scans.
    • Remove hearing aids.
    • You will be asked to remove jewelry, body piercings, watches, wallets, cell phones, belts, glasses, electronic devices.
  • We offer music during your scan. We utilize the radio options through the internet and have all types of music to choose from.  Most all of our patients enjoy listening to music during the exam!
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your scheduled appointment so that proper screening can be provided. If you may be late to your appointment please contact the office to ensure that you can still have your exam when you get here. We might have to reschedule your MRI appointment depending on availability.
  • Please bring the completed Procedure Screening Form for Patients to your MRI appointment.  If the Medical Assistant did not give you this form or if you have lost it, then you may complete the form when you arrive. It takes about 5 minutes to complete.
  • Contact our MRI department at (478) 254-5383 with any questions regarding your MRI appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

CT Scans in Macon at the Spine and Orthopaedic Center

CT Scan

Computed Tomography is an important tool that can detect stress fractures, arthritis, infection, tumors, and is a valuable tool in surgical planning. Our new GE CT scanner at the Spine and Orthopaedic office in Macon offers our patients quality images with scans performed by registered technologists. CT scans usually take a few minutes to complete.


CT Scan Video Library

What to Expect at Your CT Scan Appointment

CT Scan Procedural Videos

DEXA (Dual-Energy Xray Absorptiometry) in Macon (Bldg A)

What to Expect at Your DEXA Scan Appointment

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is an exam that measures bone mineral density in patients. This imaging tool evaluates the patient’s risk of fracture or osteoporosis. Our GE Lunar DEXA scanner is located at our OrthoGeorgia building A office in Macon.

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.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone becomes 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.

Most insurance plans cover 1 DEXA scan every 2 years.

DEXA Scanner GE Lunar Prodigy

Digital X-ray at all OrthoGeorgia Locations

What to Expect During an X-ray Exam

OrthoGeorgia uses Digital X-ray to provide fast high quality imaging to patients. Physicians are able to view images instantly with on site X-ray services at all of our locations.

GE Lunar Prodigy Bone Density Scan

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