Getting the whole picture

Meet the members of team that keep our x-ray department running smoothly.

X-rays are a critical part of the Great Basin Orthopaedics (GBO) diagnostic process, allowing surgeons to see inside our patients’ bodies to discern the exact problem, so they come up with the best solutions.

X-rays can be used to:

  • Diagnose fractured bones
  • Demonstrate proper alignment following treatment of a fracture
  • Guide orthopedic surgery
  • Look for an infection, arthritis or abnormal bone growth
  • Locate foreign objects around the bones
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer

As with any technology, x-rays need skilled people to capture them and help interpret the results. We’re proud of our x-ray team, their years of experience and the compassion they bring to their patients.

The people behind the x-ray machine (h2)

Kathy Albanese has worked as an X-Ray Technician for 23 years, the last 19 at GBO. “I love my patients and making their experience as pleasant as possible,” she says. “I know the process can be a bit awkward, and I want to make sure they know they can be heard and that I’m here to answer all of their questions.”

Albanese is joined in the X-Ray Department by Angela Bandy, who has been working in the field for 13 and a half years, the last year and a half at GBO. She discovered her love of the field when she was working as a receptionist at an MRI facility. After earning her certification, she worked in urgent care for the Northstar ski resort near Truckee, Calif.

Bandy also enjoys her interactions with her patients and being able to help the doctors pinpoint any problems. And she appreciates the options the new technology offers. “Before you’d have to wait days, but now we can get results back in seconds,” she shares. “And, of course, the quality is a lot better, making it easier for the doctors and the patients.”

Alysa Mallorca has worked an X-Ray Assistant at GBO for the last three years. As an X-Ray Assistant, she is responsible for preparing patients for the procedure, escorting them to and from the x-ray room and obtaining information the doctors need to do their jobs.

“I love the people I work with and the interactions I get with our patients,” she says. “Sometimes they come in nervous or uncomfortable and it gives me a good feeling to make sure they feel welcome and that they leave with a smile on their face.”

Mallorca enjoys being part of a medical team so much that she is currently applying to schools to become a Physician Assistant.

Austin Baldridge is newer to the field, but already appreciates the importance of his role as an X-Ray Assistant. He joined GBO after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in May with a degree in biology and a minor in mathematics. He’s currently in the process of applying to medical schools with the goal of eventually becoming an orthopaedic doctor.

“I learned about this field when I broke my hand two and a half years ago and came to GBO to get it fixed,” Baldridge says. “My doctor had a great bedside manner, giving patients all of their options. He’s the one who made the field approachable for me.”

Baldridge likes that working in orthopedics allows the doctors to have a direct effect on their patients. “When you’re treating diseases, it can take months or even years, but we can see results right away,” he says.

Other diagnostic options (h2)

While x-ray images are among the clearest, most detailed views of bone, they provide little information about muscles, tendons or joints. For more complicated issues, an MRI or CT will be necessary, but your surgeon will be able to advise you of your options.

If you have unexplained pain, Great Basin Orthopaedics can help identify the cause and offer treatment solutions. Give us a call at (775) 786-1600 and let’s talk!