Diagnostic Imaging for Back Pain
Nebraska Spine + Pain Center relies on clear and accurate diagnostic imaging in order to provide back pain diagnoses, surgical recommendations, and advanced spine treatments.
Following an initial consultation with our specialists, these images and scans will play an important role in determining the next steps to eliminate the cause of your pain so you can GET BACK TO LIVING.
Learn about the types of imaging procedures offered at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center:
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
What is an MRI?
MRI is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available to look inside your body without using x-rays. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to provide signals, which become the source of MRI information. These signals produce the images that will assist your physician in making a diagnosis and planning treatment.
What should I expect during an MRI?
Scan will take 30-60 minutes to be completed. You won’t feel anything, but will hear the sounds of the scanner working. Patient will be asked to move as little as possible during the scan.
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, an audio system is installed in the magnet to allow for communication during the scan. The technologist is able to see and hear you at all times and is readily available to assist you.
Patients wearing clothes with any metal in them will need to change before their scan. Try to wear clothing with no metal.
What happens after my MRI?
Our radiologists will interpret your images produced from the exam and will forward a report to your physician. You will receive these results from your physician.
CT (Computerized Tomography) Scans
What is a CT scan?
CT or CAT scan is an advanced diagnostic test that uses x-rays, a “donut” like scanner, and computer to produce detailed images of the body. These images can give your physician a 3-D unobstructed view of the body for a more accurate diagnosis.
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, our x-ray systems have very controlled x-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize stray (scatter) radiation. This ensures that those parts of a patient’s body not being imaged receive minimal radiation exposure.
What should I expect during a CT scan?
Scans will take only 10-15 minutes. The patient will be asked to lie on a table as it moves through the circular opening of the scanner, and remain as still as possible.
The technologist will be able to communicate with you through an intercom system throughout the entire exam as he/she conducts the test from an adjacent room.
A radiologist will interpret your images produced from the exam and will forward a report to your physician. You will receive these results from your physician.
What is an x-ray?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps our back pain and physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.
Are there any risks associated with radiation exposure of x-rays?
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, our imaging staff takes special care during x-ray examinations to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for your evaluation. We continually review and update the techniques used by our radiology professionals to comply with national and international radiology protection standards.
Modern x-ray systems have very controlled x-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize stray (scatter) radiation. This ensures that those parts of a patient’s body not being imaged receive minimal radiation exposure.
How long does a typical x-ray examination last?
A typical x-ray examination itself is a painless procedure and lasts only 5-10 minutes.
Your provider will order the appropriate imaging with the possibility of it occurring during your clinic visit.
Contact us today at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.