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Spine Center

Diagnostic Services 

Spine Center

Beverly Hospital at Danvers
480 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923
978 304-8601

The Spine Center's technologically superior diagnostic equipment provides the most specific and sensitive evaluation of the spine. Digital imaging technology enables the immediate reporting of diagnostic test results in most cases. The center's interdisciplinary team of specialists works in collaboration with you and your health care provider(s) to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and timely treatment recommendations are provided.

Specialty diagnostic services available within the Beverly Hospital system include:

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - A non-invasive procedure that produces a two-dimensional view of an internal organ or structure by using radio-frequency waves and intense to stimulate atoms in the object under evaluation. MRIs provide real-time, three-dimensional views of body organs, muscles, and joints.
  • CT Scan (Computed tomography scan) - CT provides rapid, detailed cross-sectional imaging of the patient which can then be reconstructed into three-dimensional models. Intravenous contrast enhanced scans allow for evaluation of vascular structures and further evaluation of masses and tumors. CT is often utilized in the trauma setting to evaluate the brain, chest, and abdomen. As well, CT can be used to guide interventional procedures, such as biopsies and placement of drainage tubes.
  • Diagnostic Injection Procedures - Procedures such as facet blocks, selective nerve root blocks, and discography can aid in accurately diagnosing the source of pain.
  • Myelography - An X-ray of the lumbosacral spine involves capturing images of the 5 lumbar vertebrae and the 5 small fused vertebrae (sacrum). Lumbosacral spine X-ray helps evaluate back injuries and persistent numbness, low back pain, or weakness.
  • Ultrasound - Procedure that employs high-frequency, inaudible sound waves, that bounce off body tissues and are then recorded to give information about the anatomy of an internal organ.
  • EMG (Electromyography) - The process of recording the strength of muscle contraction as a result of electrical stimulation.
  • Nerve Conduction Studies - Tests used to diagnose nerve damage or destruction.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Arthritis of the spine (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid)
  • Bone spurs and overgrowth
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Herniated discs (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Myofascial pain (inflammation of muscles and ligaments)
  • Osteoporosis of the spine
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
  • Spine tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis