Tests & Screenings

An effective treatment starts with pinpointing the underlying cause of your hand or wrist condition. At Desert Regional Medical Center, we offer a wide range of tests and screenings to help you start on the path to better health. See below for common diagnostic tests and screenings. 

Do you need help identifying the cause of your hand and wrist injury? Simply call (760) 416-4511 and you’ll be connected to an orthopedic specialist in your area. You can also use our convenient physician finder tool below.

Physical exam

Physicians will perform physical exams to check affected hand, wrist and elbow areas for tenderness, swelling, deformity, nerve damage, range of motion, open wounds and impaired blood flow.


A physician will perform an MRI to detect soft tissue injury and abnormalities in the hand, wrist or elbow area. The MRI allows for greater sensitivity and specificity than conventional imaging techniques.

CT scan

CT stands for Computer Tomography. A physician takes a CT scan of a patient to obtain more detailed, cross-sectional digital images of the hand, wrist or elbow.


An x-ray machine emits electromagnetic waves (radiation) that go through the hand, wrist or elbow so a physician can see images of the patient’s injury.