Imaging & Diagnostic Service

 

Express Care Imaging Center offers Digital X-ray capabilities which is a new technology that allows our staff to use less radiation, faster turnaround of images, ability to manipulate images for more accurate readings, and remote second reads by board certified radiologists. We follow the highest safety standards with certified equipment and licensed radiology technologist to insure an excellent and safe image the first time. We use digital X-ray to diagnose broken bones, certain lung conditions like pneumonia, or certain abdominal conditions like a bowel obstruction.

With every X-ray series, we will provide you a disk containing the images to share with you primary care physician or specialist.  This will promote continuity of care as well as alleviate the need for additional images and reducing radiation exposure.  We can also provide you with a copy of the report from our radiologist via fax or our HIPAA protected email.

In our Imaging Center we provide 12 lead electrocardiograms which will be performed upon request and a tracing be provided for review by a qualified provider. We may also refer to a cardiologist for further evaluation and treatment.

 A stress test can be used to test for heart disease. Stress tests are tests performed by a doctor and/or trained technician to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). The most commonly performed stress test is the exercise stress test.

 

We are doing the stress test for: 

  • Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications to control angina and ischemia.
  • Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation.
  • Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease.
  • Identify abnormal heart rhythms.

   

In our Imaging Center we providing Bone mineral density (BMD) tests are used to:

  • Diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis
  • See how well osteoporosis medicine is working
  • Predict your risk of future bone fractures

You should have bone mineral testing or screening if you have an increased risk of osteoporosis. You are more likely to get osteoporosis if you are:

  • A woman, age 65 or older
  • A man, age 70 or older

Women under age 65 and men ages 50 to 70 are at increased risk of osteoporosis if they have:

  • A broken bone caused by normal activities, such as a fall from standing height or lower (fragility fracture)
  • Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, eating disorders
  • Early menopause (either from natural causes or surgery)
  • History of hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer
  • Significant loss of height due to compression fractures of the back
  • Smoking
  • Strong family history of osteoporosis
  • Taking corticosteroid medications (prednisone, methylprednisolone) every day for more than 3 months
  • Taking thyroid hormone replacement
  • Three or more drinks of alcohol a day on most days

Current practice recommends BMD retesting every 2 years. However, recent research suggests that some women may be able to wait a much longer time between their screening tests. Discuss with your doctor how often you should be tested.

  

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