The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

What if I need an X-ray or a scan?

Our clinicians have advanced skills which enable us to decide whether further investigations or onward referral to a consultant may be needed. We can refer you directly or recommend you for:

MRI Scan
Magnetic Resonance Imaging: is a device in which the patient lies within a large, powerful magnet. The MRI scanner uses magnetic and radio waves to create pictures of tissues, organs and other structures within the body.
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. The procedure involves exposing part of your body to a small dose of ionising radiation.
Ultrasound Scan
An ultrasound scan is an examination that involves taking pictures of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound can be used to look at all soft tissue structures and blood vessels.
Blood Tests
A laboratory analysis is performed on a blood sample that is usually extracted from a vein in the arm. Blood tests are used to determine physiological and biochemical states, such as disease, mineral content, drug effectiveness, and organ function.
CT Scans
A CT (Computerised Tomography) scan gives clear images of the inside of your body. CT is excellent in showing soft tissue, air, fluid, bone, vessels and all other internal structures of the body.
Nerve Conduction
A nerve conduction study (NCS) is a test commonly used to evaluate the function of the motor and sensory nerves of the human body. They are mainly for evaluation of numbness, tingling, burning and/or weakness of the arms and legs.
An arthrogram is imaging of a joint after an injection of a contrast medium. The injection is normally done under a local anaesthetic. The radiologist performs the study utilizing fluoroscopy or ultrasound to guide the placement of the needle.
DXA Scan
DXA stands for “dual energy X-Ray absorptiometry”, and used to be known as DEXA. DXA scans are a fast and accurate way of checking your bone density and measuring the calcium content of your bones. DXA scans help find out whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it.

What happens next?

  • Your results can be explained to you in detail
  • We can write to your GP detailing your assessment findings and your diagnosis
  • We can instigate an appointment directly with the right consultant for you
  • Our practitioners are clinical specialists and have worked closely with local orthopaedic and spinal consultants for many years. This experience has given us firsthand knowledge of how to get you the best care possible