Orthopedics clinic offers upgraded MRI imaging

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Dr. Mark Luker
Dr. Justin McCoy

An orthopedics practice provides upgraded magnetic resonance imaging at its Grand Junction clinic to offer patients not only faster scans, but also increased access to diagnostic services.

That includes injured patients who seek same-day services at Intermountain Health Rocky Mountain Orthopedics.

“This is a great benefit for our patients who need quick access to high-quality imaging to diagnose and treat their orthopedic conditions,” said Dr. Justin McCoy, sports medicine medical director at Rocky Mountain Orthopedics. “This new expanded service will increase access to MRIs in the region while allowing for comprehensive orthopedic care all under one roof.”

Dr. Mark Luker, an orthopedic surgeon with the practice, said the upgraded MRI offers another tool, especially in diagnosing problems involving ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. “It makes getting to the bottom of a person’s problem more efficient for us and more efficient for our patients”

McCoy said the new MRI represents a $1.2 million investment in offering better and faster imaging services. He said he expects the MRI to accommodate up to 15 patients a day while offering the convenience of services in one place.

The MRI adds to the imaging services available at the St. Mary’s Regional Hospital Pavilion in Grand Junction.

Luker said the upgraded MRI offers what he called “top quality” images with faster scan times —  in some cases 10 minutes to 12 minutes rather than an average of 25 minutes. That also means faster results and more comfort for patients.

The upgraded MRI imaging adds to the diagnostic services available at the Rocky Mountain Orthopedics clinic that also includes X-rays and ultrasounds, Luker said. MRI imaging is especially useful in evaluating such soft tissue problems as ligament and tendon injuries, he said — rotator cuff injuries, for example.

The clinic can schedule MRI imaging at the same time patients see their orthopedic physicians. The upgraded MRI also will accommodate patients who seek same-day services through the walk-in clinic offering immediate care for fractures, sprains, strains and other orthopedic injuries.

The Intermountain Health Rocky Mountain Orthopedics clinic is located at 627 25 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. Same-day and walk-in appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit the website located at