In the field of orthopedics, accurate diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, led by Dr. John Dearborn, we employ advanced diagnostic tools like X-rays, MRI, and CT scans to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions. This detailed exploration of these diagnostic modalities will provide insights into their uses, advantages, and roles in orthopedic care.

1. X-Rays: The First Line of Orthopedic Imaging

X-rays are a fundamental tool in orthopedics, often the first step in diagnosing bone-related conditions. They use a small amount of radiation to create images of the bones and joints.

What X-Rays Show:



2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): The Soft Tissue Expert

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body’s internal structures, particularly soft tissues.

What MRI Shows:



3. Computed Tomography (CT) Scans: The Comprehensive View

CT scans combine multiple X-ray images to create cross-sectional views of the body, offering more detail than standard X-rays.

What CT Scans Show:



Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool

At Dearborn & Associates, we tailor our diagnostic approach to each patient’s specific condition. Factors influencing the choice of imaging modality include:

Our Commitment to Advanced Diagnostics

Under Dr. John Dearborn’s leadership, our team in Fremont (510-818-7200) and Menlo Park (650-325-1395) is dedicated to using the latest diagnostic technologies. We believe that accurate diagnosis is the foundation of effective orthopedic treatment.

Empowering Patients Through Knowledge

Understanding these diagnostic tools empowers patients to participate in their care actively. We are committed to educating our patients about the diagnostic process, helping them understand the purpose and benefits of each modality.

Advancing Orthopedic Care

The integration of advanced diagnostic imaging like X-rays, MRI, and CT scans is a testament to the evolution of orthopedic medicine. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, we utilize these tools to provide precise diagnoses, guiding our patients towards effective treatments and optimal recovery.


  1. Radiological Society of North America
  2. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  3. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering