Tests & Screenings

An accurate diagnosis is essential

An accurate diagnosis is the first step to feeling better. At Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, we have a wide range of tests and screenings available at our hospital or our fully equipped imaging centersBelow you’ll find common diagnostic tests and screenings we use for hip pain.

Computerized tomography (CT)

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

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

A physician performs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate soft tissue injury and abnormalities in the hip. MRI provides greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.


A myelogram is used to evaluate abnormalities of the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots and other tissues.

Nuclear medicine bone scan

Using a nuclear medicine bone scan, physicians can see the effects of injury, disease or infection on the hipbones. A nuclear medicine bone scan also shows whether there has been any improvement or deterioration in a bone abnormality after treatment.


Surgeons use ultrasound images of the hip to provide clearer pictures of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bone and soft tissues surrounding the hip.


An X-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the body so that a physician can see images of the internal makeup of the patient’s hip.

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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