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Diagnostic Exams

People who are at risk for osteoporosis may need a DEXA scan. This procedure determines bone mineral density which allows your physician to see how strong your bones really are. The scan is painless, takes about 15 minutes, and can help detect if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Prep instructions for DEXA...patient may eat or drink anything but a DEXA scan must be done before any nuclear medicine scans (if done on same day) and DEXA scan cannot be done sooner than 1 week after patient has received iodine or barium contrast procedures.

Your physician has ordered for you to receive a Chest X-ray during your scheduled physical exam. A chest X-ray is a tool used to visualize the heart and lungs using ionizing radiation. The procedure will include two images, one of the full chest and the other of the side of the chest.

Three areas will be tested during your stroke screen:

  • Carotid Artery Colorflow Ultrasound - This is a non-invasive ultrasound test used to detect blockages in the carotid arteries in th neck. The scanner allows us to see inside the arteries and observe cholesterol or plaque build-up if present.

  • Ankle Brochial Index - This uses Doppler ultrasound to check for poor circulation in the legs. It determines if atherosclerotic plaque is inhibiting blood flow. This test is recommended by the American Heart Association to identify peripheral arterial disease and cardiovascular risk.

  • Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound - This is an ideal test for detecting Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and estimating its size. Ultrasound screening visualizes the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body, and detects enlargement.

This is a non-invasive test requiring no needles or intravenous injections. The radiation exposure is minimal. This special type of CT Scanner measures the calcified plaque in the arteries. This is a simple and safe way to detect coronary artery disease at an early stage. Early detection leads to early treatment, which can prevent a heart attack from occuring.

A comprehensive set of laboratory screening tests will be performed to assist in the determination of your overall health.

An Exercise Physiologist is a person who is trained to implement proper execution on exercise tactics. They prescribe exercise program specifically for you. After meeting with the Exercise Physiologist you will have established short and long term goals. You will know what your target heart rate zone, body composition and the proper components of an exercise program.

This test assesses the function of your heart both at rest and stress. This is a two part test in which you will exercise on the treadmill in the EKG dept. followed by two sets of scans of your heart. A Cardiologist is present during the test.

Registered and licensed dietitian will assess nutritional status based on height, weight, and laboratory test results, focusing on existence of and/or potential for chronic illnesses, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes. After review of typical eating patterns and activity level, the dietitian will offer suggestions for appropriate weight and dietary habits to optimize health and well-being. Intake of key nutrients such as carbohydrates, saturated and unsaturated fats, fiber, and protective vitamins and minerals, will be addressed, and the dietitian will answer nutrition-related questions regarding popular diets, sports nutrition, appropriate dietary supplements, etc.

Pulmonary Function Testing is used to determine the presence of lung disease or abnormality of lung function.

Inhaled bronchodilators should be withheld for four hours prior to testing.

Upon arrival to the Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab, a respiratory therapist will obtain your height and weight. You will then be escorted to the machine where you will sit for testing. The respiratory therapist will obtain a brief history and then will instruct you how to perform breathing maneuvers into a mouthpiece. This testing should take about thirty minutes.

PET is a powerful imaging technique used to examine the biochemistry, or metabolic changes in the body. PET uses radioactive sugar water-called a tracer - which seeks out changes in cell function.