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Imaging services

Imaging is often required at the start of your orthopaedic diagnostic process. Great Basin Orthopaedics offers on-site x-ray and MRI for your convenience and continuity of care.


What is it?
X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves that create a picture of the inside of your body.

Is it safe?
Generally, the amount of radiation you're exposed to during an X-ray is the equivalent to a few days of exposure to natural radiation from the environment.

When to use it?
X-rays are used to check for bone fractures.

What to expect?
When you have an X-ray, you may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body. The technician will stand in another room or behind a shield. Depending on the body part being X-rayed, you may lie down during the procedure, sit or stand. While the doctor may require multiple X-rays (views of the injured area), taking the images takes only a few minutes.


What is it?
MRI – or Magnetic Resonance Imaging – uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to create a detailed, cross-sectional image of internal organs and structures. The procedure is non-invasive and painless.

When to use it?
MRI is used to identify things not visible on X-ray, including small fractures. An MRI’s ability to highlight contrasts in soft tissue makes it useful in deciphering problems with joints, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. MRI can also be used to identify infections and inflammatory conditions or to rule out problems such as tumors.

What to expect?
MRI uses a magnet to collect images, so items made of metal are not allowed near it (remove all jewelry and alert technician of any metal in your body like pacemakers or surgical hardware). During the MRI scan, you lie on a table that slides inside a tunnel-shaped machine. Scans typically take between 20 and 60 minutes, during which time you will need to remain still. While MRI machines make a lot of noise (you’ll be given ear protection), the scan is painless. Some scans require only part of the body to be inserted into the machine, and others require the entire body which may be uncomfortable for those who are prone to claustrophobia.

Dr. Dickens is a great surgeon he has done now over 4 surgeries after I was in a motorcycle accident when a car hit me. He has really been an advocate for me and for getting things taken care of. Plus his positive attitude and encouragement is second to none.

The check-in process was efficient. All the staff members were professional and cordial.
I have seen 3 doctors in this office and they are all excellent in their field.
Virginia Anderson
After my great success with Grant after my knee surgery, requested him once again for arthritis issues on both shoulders. While there are still improvements to be made, I feel I have made progress in a very short time, because of Grant’s knowledge & skills in his field! Most important, he cares about his patients & listens to their needs! In addition, Grant makes sure his staff follows through with his instructions & gives the same great care! Many thanks & appreciation to Grant & his staff at GBO!!
If you live in the Reno area, you just can't do better than Great Basin Orthopaedic. I'm someone with knee problems going way back decades, as well as other orthopedic issues, so I think I know what I'm talking about. Don't settle, get the best, go to Great Basin, or, as they call it GBO. I promise you will be glad you did.
Wanda H.
Great Basin Orthopedics repaired my elbow accident and recently performed a total hip replacement. The elbow outcome was excellent using GBO's Physical Therapy services and I am hopeful the hip will be better than new in a short while. Stephen Capel was my therapist for the elbow and is now for my hip. I have full confidence with him.
James Tiner
I have been a patient of both Dr. Fyda and Dr. Hayes. Both doctors were thorough and knowledgeable in all facets of my care. I felt very comfortable and confident knowing I was in well-trained hands.
Shannon S.

Staff at Great Basin Orthopaedics are so caring.

It's been a few years since I went here with a broken arm and I can't thank them enough for the excellent care I got!!! I was able to avoid surgery and avoid my arm getting to stiff since he didn't put me in a full cast. The staff was super friendly throughout the whole building from the receptionist, the nurses, the x-ray techs and the dr. Literally everyone had a smile and that's rarer these days
Carissa Byram
I was never a patient, but as an intern I enjoyed my time working here. The Doctors who run the practice are top notch. Work environment is structured organized and cheerful. I was offered a position but they couldn't get it approved but they gave me the help I needed to get my degree!
Austin Noriega

Doctor Timothy Dooley is the 'ideal' doctor, someone who validates my pain, listens to my problem and treats me with respect and courtesy and he laughed at my silly jokes. Smile and personality that put me at ease! Thank you for being you.

I love how smoothly everything runs here. My doctor is amazing the nurse is great too. From checking in, to follow ups to my surgery (ACL) everything went so smoothly and even my post op care. I wish all my doctors outside ortho would go so smoothly! Great job guys!
Sharon B.

The staff at Great Basin are the best I've ever encountered. I can't pick just one because they all work so well together and step in when needed to complete a task. I really thought it was amazing. AND all were so friendly and interested.

Thorough, knowledgeable and professional
Jim Gaskill

Dr. Owens is an amazing surgeon. She did a beautiful job on my total knee replacement with a hinged knee. Everything was perfect, I was walking right away no problems no
complications, all this after difficulty walking for over 30 years and recovering from being paralyzed from the waist down. I highly recommend this very skilled surgeon. She goes the extra mile. Everything was explained and informed thru every step of the process, all my questions were answered, I never have been so prepared for a surgical procedure.

Very friendly and knowledgeable! Gave detailed information as appointment progressed! Thank you!!!!
Lonnie Shields

Best ortho doc ever! Dr. Owens has exceptional knowledge and takes the time to communicate clearly and answer all questions. I highly recommend her!

the staff at Great Basin is excellent from the phone, front desk, nurses and x-ray tech. very pleasant to deal with.
A very efficient run medical facility. Very professional staff who greeted you with a smile and introduced themselves in all interactions with the organization. A model for other medical groups to take notice.
Amazing office, professional, staff is happy, website is user friendly and the medical expertise is A++! Keep up the great hard work you all do in helping others.
Polly A.
It was super convenient having PT at the same place as my surgery because they worked together to help me focus on my goals, to know what I could and couldn’t do and what my limits were. They were available to answer my questions on the spot, which helped the entire process go faster.
Kiley Cryer
Gracias por toda la ayuda durante la visita.
Absolutely positive experience!
Catherine Oppio
I'm very pleased with everything they have done for me.
Betty T.