Diagnostic Imaging

UT Southwestern’s Spine Center uses the most effective diagnostic imaging technologies to comprehensively and accurately evaluate and diagnose neck, back, and spine conditions, which is key to appropriate treatment.

Imaging options we offer include:

  • Bone dosimetry – An enhanced X-ray that measures bone loss.
  • Bone scan – A type of nuclear imaging that’s used to diagnose bone diseases, including cancer.
  • Computed tomography (CT) – An X-ray machine rotates around your body and obtains cross-sectional images of different organs or body parts. A CT scan allows your doctor to obtain a detailed picture of the inside of your body without any surgical exploration.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Uses a powerful magnet and radio waves, instead of X-rays, to create detailed images of your body’s soft tissue and organs. The images form a multidimensional view of your body.
  • Myelography – Uses contrast dye and X-ray fluoroscopy to assess the spinal cord, nerves, and lining.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET scan) – Uses small amounts of radioactive medicine (radiopharmaceuticals) to produce images. It provides doctors with information about both structure and function, such as blood flow.
  • X-rays – Uses a small amount of radiation on the area of your body to be examined. The X-rays pass through the body, creating an image on film or a computer display.

When you come to the Spine Center for diagnostic imaging, we make the experience as convenient as possible. Our goal is to see you as quickly as possible and limit the number of visits you need to make. In addition, a Spine Center nurse is on call to answer questions through our online form.

Conditions Treated

We offer diagnostic imaging for conditions that include: