MRI & CT Scans
To help find the solution to your back, neck, spine, or nerve-related pain, your provider needs to pinpoint the problem. Our experts at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center rely on clear and accurate diagnostic imaging in order to provide diagnoses, surgical recommendations, and advanced spine treatments.
In addition to X-ray, we offer convenient, in-house magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) to help determine the next steps to eliminate the cause of your pain so you can get back to living.
What is an MRI?
MRI is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available to look inside your body without using X-ray. 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 doctor in making a diagnosis and planning treatment.
What should I expect during an MRI?
The MRI scan will take 30 – 60 minutes to be completed. You won’t feel anything, but you will hear the sounds of the scanner working. You will be asked to move as little as possible during the scan.
Nebraska Spine + Pain Center has an audio system in the magnet to allow for communication periodically during the scan. The technologist is able to see you at all times and is readily available to assist you. You will have a call button to use if you would need to stop the exam for any reason at any time.
If you are wearing clothes with any metal in them, you will need to change before your 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 doctor. You will receive these results from your doctor.
What is a CT scan?
A CT or CAT scan is an advanced diagnostic test that uses X-rays, a donut-like scanner, and a computer to produce detailed images of the body. These images can give your doctor a 3D 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. You 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 while conducting the test from an adjacent room.
A radiologist will interpret your images produced from the exam and will forward a report to your doctor. You will receive these results from your doctor.
Contact us today at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.