In-Office Imaging Services

Imaging gives your physician a clear view inside the workings of your musculoskeletal system to better inform a course of treatment. Ortho RI provides state-of-the-art technology for the best in-office imaging services and a dedicated staff to see to your comfort throughout.


What is an X-Ray?
X-ray is an imaging technique that uses electromagnetic radiation in low doses to help to diagnose orthopedic injuries and diseases. Our imaging staff is trained in the latest orthopedic radiology techniques, so your Ortho RI physician receives accurate and critical information almost instantaneously. All OrthoRI X-Ray facilities use digital x-Ray systems which offer many advantages including time efficiency and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.

Where do I go?
All our offices have X-Ray facilities on-site for your convenience.

X-Ray imaging at Ortho Rhode Island


What is an MRI?
An MRI, short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a dynamic technique combining a magnetic field, radio waves, and computers to produce detailed 2D or 3D images “slices” of the body. Often used to study nerves, muscles, ligaments, bones, and other tissues in the body; the detail of the study can be quite incredible. It’s a diagnostic test that helps in diagnosing and treating orthopedic problems. MRI is safe, comfortable, and painless. It uses no radiation, and there are no known side effects.

Our High Field MRI System has a patient-friendly, spacious design and our extremity MRIs are completely open versus the more traditional “tube like” MRI systems.

An MRI usually takes between 20-45 minutes, depending on the type of imaging being done. You can listen to a selection of music or bring along your favorite CD. You will be in voice contact with the technologist at all times. Remember that it is important to lie very still during your exam as any movement will blur the images.

What do I need to know?
Once your MRI is scheduled, we will review pertinent screening information with you during a phone interview and when you arrive for your MRI. Please bring any related studies such as CAT scans, outside x-rays or any other MRIs with you.

Some people cannot undergo an MRI exam or may need special preparation, so it is very important to inform us if you have any of the following:

  • A cardiac pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator
  • A prosthetic heart valve
  • A history of previous brain aneurysm surgery
  • A history of a metallic fragment injury to the eye
  • A history of a shrapnel wound
  • Any implanted metallic devices. For example, prostheses, limb replacements, Harrington Rods, drug infusion pumps, IUD’s, neurostimulators, ear and some eye implants


What is an Ultrasound?
A muskuloskeletal, or MSK ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from inside your body, often used to help perform minimally invasive injections or aspirations. It is a safe and noninvasive way to very accurately deliver cortisone injections and accurately aid in aspirations of fluid for analysis, minimizing patient discomfort and the time required for such procedures. It is, like all ultrasound devices, extremely safe with no radiation exposure.

Where do I go?
Ultrasounds are performed right in your doctor’s or therapist’s office for your convenience.

NOTICE: MRI imaging at our Providence office is currently unavailable due to construction. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your experience!