Mid adult man receiving MRI scan

Diagnostic tests and tools offered at the Penn Spine Center include:

  • High-resolution MRI and CT scanning: These tests are able to cut through multiple layers of the spine and show any abnormality of soft tissues, such as nerves and ligaments. An MRI can show pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.
  • EOS imaging: This advanced imaging system allows doctors a complete view of the spine, from top to bottom in 3-D. The Penn Spine Center is the only center in the region with this type of detailed, advanced imaging system. EOS uses less radiation than a CT scan or conventional radiography.
  • Myelography: This procedure places special dye into the spinal sac which highlights the spinal cord and nerve roots so that disc and bone spur problems can be seen.
  • Electromyography (EMG): This test looks at the function of the nerve roots and shows if a nerve is being irritated or pinched as it leaves the spine.
  • Discogram: This test is used to determine which disc(s) are damaged. It requires injecting dye into the center of the injured disc(s) to determine if there is a disc problem.

Second Opinions for Back and Neck Conditions

Many individuals come to the Penn Spine Center to seek a second opinion for their back and neck condition. Our specialists see a high volume of individuals with both acute and chronic back and neck conditions from all over the nation.

Some patients are seen for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, a syndrome characterized by symptoms that persist or recur in anyone who has had previous spinal surgery. Our spine specialists provide revision surgery to correct issues from a failed implant or address problems from a previous surgery.

We are known for pioneering new developments and technology in spine diagnosis, treatment and care that offers the best possible patient outcomes. With the advent of minimally invasive surgical techniques, advanced non-surgical approaches, intraoperative monitoring and computer-assisted surgical navigation systems, patients at Penn are recovering faster and experiencing an improved quality of life.

From Our Blog: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome 

older man back painFailed Back Surgery Syndrome can cause some patients to experience back pain even after surgery. Learn from an orthopedic surgeon the causes and treatment options for FBSS.

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