Imaging and X-Rays
Nebraska Orthopaedic Center offers onsite imaging technology to help people receive accurate diagnoses for all conditions with a focus on orthopaedic care. We offer the following imaging technologies:
X-ray, medically known as radiography, is a very effective way of looking at the bones and joints and can be used to help physicians detect a range of conditions.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to produce detailed cross-sectional images. MRI will look at soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage as well as boney structures.
What to expect during MRI?
The MRI technologist will begin by screening you for any non-MRI compatible implants and making sure your clothes are appropriate prior to bringing you into the MRI room. If it is safe to proceed, the technologist will bring you into the room and get you positioned for the scan. Due to the noise created by the MRI unit, you will be given headphones or earplugs for your protection. The MRI scan time will vary depending on the type of scan. Typically, the scan will last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. It is very important to remain still during an MRI. You will be able to talk to the technologist at different times during the exam. Some scans require the patient to receive a venipuncture injection of gadolinium, a contrast medium. The technologist will inform you of this at the start of your exam. Once the exam is completed a radiologist will read the study and get a report back to Nebraska Orthopaedic Center.
Can I schedule an imaging appointment myself?
No, X-rays and MRI exams require an order from a physician. Your physician will determine if x-ray or MRI exams will aid them in your diagnosis.
How long will my appointment take?
- Radiography (X-Ray) – 5-20 minutes
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – 45-60 minutes
When will I get my results?
For Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), you can expect results in 2-3 business days. If x-rays are taken, your physician will review them while you are here for your appointment.
What should I wear to my appointment?
It is best if all clothing is free of metal, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers for all appointments. If your clothing is not free of metal you may be asked to change. You may also be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, removable dental work, glasses, body piercings or any other metal in the region of the body being scanned or radiographed. For MRI, watches and hearing aids must be removed.