Imaging and Nerve Tests for Arthritis
Imaging and nerve tests allow a doctor to see the internal structures without doing a medical procedure. So, these tests are commonly used both in the diagnosis as well as the monitoring of arthritis. These tests look for abnormalities of joints, organs, nerves and other signs of disease. These tests may also be necessary to help eliminate other causes of symptoms.
A form of electromagnetic radiation is passed through the hip to create a two-dimensional picture of the bones.
Computerized axial tomography (CAT or CT) scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA)
Used to diagnose osteoporosis by using a small amount of radiation to determine the density, or thickness, of bone in the spine and other areas of the body.
Electromyography (EMG or myogram)
Electrodes inserted through the skin and into muscles to detect electrical activity that can help the doctor see how muscles respond to nerve stimulation.
Lower Body Nerve Evaluation
Muscle Strength Evaluation
Sciatic nerve stretch test
Nerve Conduction Studies
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