Published on April 09, 2012

Pinpointing orthopedic problems

Detecting orthopedic issues early.

If your quality of life is affected by arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain or a sports injury, an accurate diagnosis can be a lifeline to a better future.

knee joint“The sooner you diagnose an orthopedic problem, the sooner you can start on a path to appropriate treatment,” says Donald S. Ostrum, MD, chair of Nazareth Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department. “Our Imaging Department’s goal is to lessen the long-term effects of your condition and prevent or delay the need for serious medical intervention down the road.”

Nazareth Hospital’s Imaging Department employs radiologists who are specially trained in orthopedics and musculoskeletal radiology. “I’m proud of our program’s depth of sub-specialization,” says Dr. Ostrum. “Due to our size and expertise, our radiologists have the ability to stay focused on orthopedics, which is better for the patient.”

High-Tech Approach

Advanced orthopedic imaging procedures at Nazareth Hospital include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • MRI arthrography, for enhanced visualization of specific joints
  • Radiography (X-ray)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Bone densitometry, to evaluate risk of fracture

To provide the highest level of care and comfort, the hospital offers imaging equipment that is accessible to the handicapped and can comfortably accommodate people weighing up to 500 pounds. Recent additions include a high-field strength MRI scanner with the largest opening available. “It’s very patient-friendly,” says Dr. Ostrum. “In addition to having the highest level of image quality, our MRI system provides lots of room for patient comfort.”