Shore Orthopaedic University Associates
609-927-1991 ext. 109
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I obtain copies of X-rays?
What is a Bone X-ray (Radiograph)?
An X-ray is a type of high-energy radiation, which in low doses, is used to diagnose diseases by taking pictures of the inside of the body. At Shore Orthopaedic University Associates we use CR (Computed Radiography) DR (Digital Radiography).
Why is an X-ray ordered?
There are many reasons your orthopaedic physician will request an X-ray including to assist in diagnosing broken bones or joint dislocation or to locate injuries, infections, arthritis, abnormal bone growth, and bony changes observed in metabolic conditions.
How do I prepare for an X-ray?
There is usually no special preparation for bone X-rays. You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam and to remove metal objects or jewelry that may interfere with the X-ray images. X-rays at Shore Orthopaedic are quick and painless. Our licensed and trained X-ray technicians will assist in positioning you for your comfort and to obtain the best views possible for your physician to review, diagnose, and treat you.
Women should always tell their physician or the X-ray technician if there is any possibility they are pregnant. X-rays will not be performed during pregnancy due to the fetus being exposed to radiation. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your doctor before the X-ray.
Electrodiagnostic Studies (EMG/NCS)
Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction (NCS) studies are performed to look for nerve diseases that affect the proper functioning of the neck, back, and extremities. There are two parts to the study and both parts are frequently needed in order to complete a thorough evaluation. The first part, the NCS portion of the study, involves placing electrodes on the skin and using small electrical pulses (much like touching metal and getting a small static pulse) in order to study nerve function.
The second portion, the EMG, involves inserting a small needle electrode into various muscles in order to read the muscle’s normal electrical activity. The needle is very small, like an acupuncture needle, and is only inserted for a few seconds. There may be some bruising, mild pain, or most commonly, an itchy sensation in the area where the needle was inserted lasting up to a few hours after the study.
Common types of conditions that are evaluated by these studies include carpal tunnel syndrome, “pinched nerves” in the neck or back (radiculopathies), or muscle weakness (myopathies).
This test is performed by a properly trained neurologist or physiatrist (Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist) who has been trained and is experienced in the performance of these studies. Results may indicate nerve damage from trauma, diabetic neuropathy, herniated discs, polyneuropathy (the simultaneous malfunction of many nerves), and other less common conditions.
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates offers Electrodiagnostic Studies through our on-staff physiatrist, Arvind Baliga, M.D.