Tests & Screenings

Tests and screenings in Sports Medicine

An accurate diagnosis is the first step to getting better. At Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, you can take advantage of a wide range of tests and screenings we provide at our hospital or our fully equipped imaging centers. Below is some information on common diagnostic tests and screenings we use in sports medicine.

CT Scan

CT scan stands for computerized tomography. A doctor takes a CT scan of a patient to obtain more detailed, cross-sectional digital images of the body.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

A doctor will perform an MRI to depict soft tissue injury and abnormalities in the injured area. The MRI allows for greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.


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


An X-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the body enabling a doctor to see images of the patient’s sports 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.