Tests & Screenings

Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to getting better. Our experienced staff at San Ramon Regional Medical Center use advanced back and spine screenings and tests so you can get started on the treatment you need. Learn more about our wide range of tests and screenings below.

CT scan

A Computerized tomography (CT) scan is a test that involves combining X-rays taken from multiple angles to form a cross-sectional image of blood vessels and soft tissues.

Endoscopic disk stimulation diagnosis

An endoscopic disk stimulation diagnosis involves injecting disks near the site of back pain with a small amount of contrast fluid. When the patient feels pain, the physician can visually observe the site of pain using an endoscope.

Epiduroscopy

An epiduroscopy involves using an epiduroscope to visually examine the epidural space, or area that contains the nerves that connect the spinal cord and the rest of the body. This test is used to check for inflammation and scar tissue in the nerve roots.

Facet medial branch block

A facet medial branch block involves injecting a local anesthetic and a steroid into a nerve near a spinal joint to diagnose the source of spinal pain based upon the quality and duration of the relief obtained.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that creates detailed images of organs and tissues using a magnetic field and radio waves.

Pain mapping

Pain mapping is a diagnostic technique in which a physician probes sensitive areas and asks the patient to rate the pain he or she feels. This technique can be minimally invasive and creates a detailed map of sensitive areas.

Provocative arthrography

Provocative arthrography is a procedure in which contrast dye is injected into the joint space and X-rays are taken. The dye injections may provoke symptoms and pain.

Provocative manometric discography

Provocative manometric discography is a diagnostic procedure in which contrast dye is injected into problematic disks and CT scan images are taken. The dye injections may provoke symptoms or pain.

Provocative stimulation of a degenerative disk

Provocative manometric discography is a diagnostic procedure in which contrast dye is injected into problematic disks and CT scan images are taken. The dye injections may provoke symptoms or pain.

Selective nerve root block

A selective nerve root block involves injecting local anesthetics and steroids near a spinal nerve root that is suspected of causing pain. It can be used to determine which spinal nerve root(s) are causing symptoms such as pain.

Your next step: Let San Ramon Regional connect you with a physician

Call (800) 284-2878 or use our Find A Physician tool to be connected to the right orthopedic specialist who can answer your questions. You can also read more about tests and screenings in our Health Library