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Spirit of Healing Award – Dr. Will...

On October 12th, 2013, Dr. William Stetson was presented with the Spirit of Healing award from the Los Angeles ChristianStetson LACHC Award Health Centers (LACHC). LACHC is a non profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving homeless and low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles’ Skid Row and East Los Angeles communities. Dr. Stetson has volunteered his time and service to LACHC since 2004 providing specialty care to those in need. Others honored at this event were Sarah Stegemoeller, Esq. and Father Gregory Boyle. Congratulations Dr. Stetson!


Stetson Powell Orthopedics offers in office MRI to its patients. Stetson Powell Orthopedics is an accredited MRI facility. Esaote ScannerPatients are able to meet with the doctor, review the scan and discuss options immediately after the scan is performed. We value our patient’s time and know that this service will help patients get back to their busy lives and get some immediate answers.

The MRI scanner is an open MRI. This means that there is no tunnel or closed area, but it is an open air concept MRI. This makes for a comfortable experience without the need of sedatives. The advancements in technology allow for a clear image and accurate diagnostics as well as creating a pleasant patient experience.

Call to schedule your appointment today at (818) 848 – 3030.



What is a MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The scanner is a powerful magnet that uses radiology to take thinly sliced images of a specific region of the body. This creates detailed images of the afflicted region so that the doctor can get an accurate picture inside the body.

What is the difference between open and closed MRI?

A closed MRI is a large machine where a patient goes into a tube in order to be centered in the magnet to take the images. An open MRI does not have a tunnel, but an open space that a patient is positioned to get centered in the magnet. This prevents any discomfort that one might feel being put into a small space. Stetson Powell Orthopedics has an open MRI and is happy to share this more comfortable experience with their patients.

What kind of scans can be performed?

Stetson Powell Orthopedics specializes in the knee, shoulder and elbow. The machine, however, can scan the foot, ankle, knee, arthrogram knee, hip, lumbar spine, shoulder, arthrogram shoulder, elbow, arthrogram elbow, and the wrist. With the powerful Open MRI in office Stetson Powell Orthopedics is able to make all diagnosis for the majority of extremities in a comfortable patient setting.

Are there any risks involved when undergoing a MRI?

Stetson Powell Orthopedics put patients through an extensive pre screening process to make sure that all people getting MRIs are healthy and they will not be at risk. All persons with metal objects in the body are at risk in an MRI and should not receive an MRI without consent from their physician. A patient is not advised to go into an MRI if the patient has had any artificial heat valves, pacemaker or implantable heart defibrillator. If you are pregnant you should ask your physician if it is safe for you to get a MRI. It is also important to disclose any medical information that you feel might be pertinent before getting your MRI Scan. The knowledgeable staff at Stetson Powell Orthopedics will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.

What do I wear when getting my MRI?

Stetson Powell Orthopedics suggests that all patients wear loose fitting clothing. Gym wear is usually ideal for any MRI. Avoid all cloths and undergarments that may have metal. If the clothing has metal you may be asked to remove the article to prevent any harm.

Dr. Powell Travels to India for 3rd INDO...

Dr. Powell attended the 3rd INDO-US Shoulder Course from August 9-11th in Coimbatore, India. Dr. Powell was one of three Dr. P India 2013guest speakers, including Dr. Nikhil Verma of Chicago, IL and Dr. Jae Chul Yoo of Seoul, South Korea, who performed live surgery that was transmitted to 150 shoulder and elbow surgeons at the conference center.

Dr. Sermin Becirbegovic is the Stetson P...

From July 29-Aug. 2, Stetson Powell Orthopedics hosted Dr. Semin Becirbegovic from the University of Sarajevo. DrDr. Semin B 026. Becirbegovic was the recipient of the Stetson Powell – AAOS International Education Scholarship for 2013. He shadowed Drs. Powell, Stetson, and Lee for one week in the office and observed various arthroscopic orthopedic procedures in the operating room. Dr. Becirbegovic is interested in establishing a shoulder arthroscopy center at the University of Sarajevo and will continue to collaborate with our surgeons to reach his goal.

Dr. Powell Appointed Chair of Health and...

Dr. Powell was appointed Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of MusiCares.  He is actively working to MusiCaresexpand the MusiCares Medical Network, a network of volunteer medical providers who donate their time and skills to musicians in need.  As the charity arm of the GRAMMYS, MusiCares offers low-cost or free care to musicians.  Recent additions to the network include Tom Byrd and Burton Elrod of Nashville, Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank and Don Rose and Joe Zuckerman of the Harkness Center at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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