Tests & Screenings

Get an accurate diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis is the first step to getting better. At Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, we provide a wide range of tests and screenings at our hospital location or our fully equipped ​imaging centers. Below are some common diagnostic tests and screenings for hand and wrist pain.

Physical exam

A physical exam will check the affected hand, wrist and elbow areas for tenderness, swelling, deformity, nerve damage, range of motion, open wounds and impaired blood flow.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

A physician will perform a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to detect soft-tissue injury and abnormalities in the hand, wrist or elbow area. The MRI allows for greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.

Computerized tomography (CT scan)

A physician takes a CT scan of a patient to obtain more detailed, cross-sectional digital images of the hand, wrist or elbow.


An X-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the hand, wrist or elbow so a physician can see images of the patient’s injury.

Let Fountain Valley connect you with a physician

Call ​(855) 226-3744 or use our Find A Physician tool to be connected to an orthopedic specialist who can answer your questions. You can also read more about diseases and conditions in our Health Library.