Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic tests are an important part of receiving an accurate diagnosis to know the next steps in treatment. There are many different types of diagnostic tests, but the primary tests are physical examination, X-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans. If you are experiencing chronic orthopedic pain, contact Dr. Burke Orthopedics to schedule an appointment to receive a diagnosis.

Type of Diagnostic Tests

Physical Examination

Physical examination is the most common diagnostic test and is often overlooked when thinking about important steps to an orthopedic diagnosis. A physical exam plays a large role in determining if there are deformities of the spine, knee, foot, or other possible orthopedic issues.


X-rays are the most common diagnostic test aside from physical evaluation. This test is most known for being used to identify fractures or breaks in the bone. X-rays can also determine if arthritis is present, if the joint being observed is dislocated, if there is space between the joint, and much more.
Note: Your orthopedic doctor may request that you consume or have a contrast dye injected to get a clearer image.


MRIs use magnets and a computer algorithm to map out images for the orthopedic physician to gain a clearer picture of the area under treatment. It is commonly used to look at muscle tissue, ligaments, cartilage, discs, and other soft tissues that do not appear well or at all on an X-ray or CT scan.

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CT Scan

A CT scan is the equivalent of a more advanced X-ray. Through the use of an X-ray and a computer algorithm, the orthopedic physician is able to see a more advanced image than what they would see on a regular X-ray procedure. CT scans are usually used to locate fractures that may be too miniscule for a standard X-ray or do not show up well, as well as trauma to any orthopedic systems.

Contact Dr. Burke Orthopedics for a Diagnostic Test

If you feel that you meet the criteria for any of these tests, such as potentially having a fracture, reach out to Dr. Burke Orthopedics and schedule an appointment to receive a professional diagnosis and treatment plan.

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