Imaging (X-Ray, MRI, Bone Dex)

Image of a doctor showing patient x-ray

Sierra Pacific Orthopedics provides digital X-rays, MRI, and bone density scans for the injured or diseased areas of your body at our office, located at 1630 East Herndon. If you have any questions regarding X-rays or images taken at our facility, please call (559) 256-5200.

Digital X-Rays

On your X-ray examination day at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics:

  • Bring your doctor’s order and your insurance card with you to your appointment.
  • If an X-ray has previously been taken, please bring the films with you to your appointment.
  • If you are unable to bring your previous films with you, your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Imagine your doctor being able to clearly visualize the internal structures of your body without any incision or pain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) utilizes a high-powered magnet, radio waves, and computers to generate detailed images that assist our doctors in obtaining accurate diagnoses for your orthopedic problem. MRI is a noninvasive, painless procedure that involves no radiation and has no known side effects.

At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we strive to bring the latest technology available to assist our doctors and patients with quick and reliable diagnoses. Located on the first floor of the building, the MRI department houses a state-of-the-art General Electric 1.5 Tesla, short-bore MRI unit. MRI exams are tailored specifically to each patient and with the assistance of GE’s advanced technology, scan times are dramatically reduced. During your exam, the MRI technologist will be in constant communication through a two-way intercom system.

MRI is the method of choice for imaging the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. This includes tendons, ligaments, and cartilage—the structures that are most commonly injured during athletic and traumatic events. MRI can be used for imaging the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. We can assure our patients that they will receive the highest quality MRI available as well as the most comfortable and friendly service at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics.

Importantly, the Sierra Pacific Orthopedics MRI program incorporates the sophisticated Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which actually replaces the old-fashioned, hard-copy based means of managing images, such as film archives. This advanced computerized process greatly expands on the possibilities of off-site viewing and reporting. Additionally, PACS enables specialists at various physical locations to access the same information simultaneously. The result is more accurate and efficient MRI analysis for our patients.

Bone Density Scans

Sierra Pacific Orthopedics provides bone density studies for the diagnosis and treatment of your orthopedic conditions, as well as the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, including bone loss. One of the most common conditions contributing to the debilitation of the world's population is osteoporosis. A silent, progressive diesase, osteoporosis affects up to 28 million people and causes increased bone fragility with consequential fractures. For this reason, Sierra Pacific Orthopedics' surgeons recommend a DEXA/bone density study, a safe and easy method to measure your bone mineral density (BMD) and determine your risk for osteoporosis. 

If you are in need of X-rays, images, and/or a bone density study or would like more information about them, please call Sierra Pacific Orthopedics at (559) 256-5200.