Knee X-Ray and MRI Services


Direct Imaging provides knee X-ray and MRI services to residents of Yakima and surrounding areas. Avoid long commutes into Seattle, Tacoma, or Spokane at our conveniently located facilities. We strive to be the imaging center of choice in the region. Our affordable pricing, cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, and trained staff offer unsurpassed value compared to services performed in the hospital setting.

Our board-certified fellowship-trained radiologists ensure high-quality image readings. Ask your healthcare provider for a referral today or take advantage of our unmatched pricing for uninsured patients. We offer an expansive variety of medical imaging on-site, including lab tests and consulting services to help you quickly get the information you need to diagnose your condition.

What Are Knee X-Ray and MRI Services?

Knee X-rays and MRIs are fast, non-invasive, affordable procedures for diagnosing knee conditions. Knee X-ray services uncover the bones beneath your skin, including the kneecap, femur (upper leg bone), tibia, and fibula (lower leg bones). A small amount of electromagnetic radiation is used with special X-ray film or a sensor that sends images to a computer. Images resemble a black and white photograph, showing dense bone structures as white and soft tissue in shades of gray depending on density.

In some cases, knee MRI services may also be necessary to confirm a diagnosis after an X-ray. Unlike X-rays, which are typically used to evaluate your bones, an MRI can uncover more detailed information about your bones, as well as problems with your cartilage, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels. MRIs use a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to obtain images. Images are cross-sectional, like a sliced loaf of bread. In some cases, a special contrasting agent or dye may be injected into the area before the procedure to produce clearer imagery.

Issues That Can Be Diagnosed and Treated with a Knee X-Ray and MRI

Knee X-rays and MRIs can be used to diagnose the cause of pain and swelling, deformities and tumors, broken bones, dislocations, cartilage damage, torn tendons/ligaments, infections, osteoarthritis, and more. Our experienced staff can quickly assess these conditions with this combination of imaging services, helping you get to the heart of health issues and find relief.

Knee X-Ray and MRI Procedures

Knee X-rays may be taken lying down or standing. You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, and metal objects that may interfere with the image before beginning. A lead apron protects your body from radiation exposure. Knee X-rays typically include a front and side view and one image with your knee bent. In some cases, your other knee will be X-rayed for comparison purposes. The process is fast and painless and takes just a few minutes.

For a knee MRI, you must remove all jewelry and body piercings. If you have implants containing metal or use a pacemaker, it is essential to discuss risks and complications with your doctor before getting an MRI. Next, you will put on a hospital gown, and a contrast medium will be injected via IV, if used. If you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using contrasting dye.

During the procedure, you will lie on a padded table and may be strapped to ensure clear imagery. Then we will slide you into the large, wheel-like MRI machine feet first. If you’re claustrophobic/scared of tight spaces, discuss sedative or “open” MRI options before the procedure. Because MRIs are loud, you can also get earplugs or be provided with music. When images are taken, you will be asked to hold your breath. The process is painless but longer than X-rays, taking about 30-60 minutes.

Are you in need of knee X-ray and MRI services? Direct Imaging proudly serves residents of Yakima, Cowiche, Ellensburg, Kittitas, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, and Wapato, WA. Contact us at 509-902-8857 to schedule an appointment for radiological services today.

What's an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging is a method of producing clear images of the inside of your body using magnets, radio waves, and a computer to produce images. They’re a safe way to get the most accurate pictures of your body. MRI’s are appropriate for diagnosing and monitoring health conditions. They’re routinely used for:
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Issues or Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Blood Vessels
  • Bone and Joint Damage or Diseases
  • Breasts and Ovaries
  • Liver, kidney, and pancreas
  • Prostate

What is the procedure like?

A typical closed MRI machine is a large tube with a table that slides through the middle of it (see image at the top of this page). You lie on the table and the table slides into the tube where the test takes place. During the test, the magnet and radio waves will scan your body to produce images. Some MRI tests require that a contrast dye be injected into a vein in your arm, which will help make some of the structures inside your body become even more visible to the MRI technology.

A diagnostic test can last up to two hours, so the experience can be stressful and/or uncomfortable for many people who are claustrophobic or obese. However, MRI’s are safer than X-rays because they don’t use radiation.
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  • Cervical Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Shoulder, Wrist, or Elbow
  • Knee, or Hip

We are open Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM.

We accept Walk-ins based on technologist availability as well as scheduled appointments (preferred, reduces waiting time).

We accept many forms of insurance including Kaiser, Regence and Medicare. We are adding new Insurance Partners all the time, please check with us for the latest list.
We also accept cash and credit cards.

We are a small business and recognize the impact the COVID pandemic has had on our local and state economies.  We wipe down our equipment with a medical grade cleanser between every patient, we ask that you wear a mask at all times unless there is a medical reason you cannot.

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Our goal is your complete satisfaction, if for any reason you are not satisfied notify me and I will do my best to rectify the situation.

We are striving to be the best imaging center in Yakima County, please let us know how we are doing.

Dave Atteberry MD MSc.
Medical Director
Direct Imaging PC

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