X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. Most commonly, X-rays are used to detect:
- Dislocation of bones or joints
- Healing and alignment of fractures after treatment
- Fluid build-up in bones and joints
- Injury or damage from:
- Abnormal bone growth
- Location of foreign objects
We make it a priority to ensure you are at ease during your X-ray scan. You may also be asked to remove your jewelry. One of our technologists will assist you to the X-ray room and help you position the body part on the X-ray table. When necessary, sandbags or pillows will be used to help you hold the proper position. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvic area to protect it from radiation. You will be asked to hold still while the technologist takes the X-ray. You may then be repositioned to obtain several views.
You are free to leave and resume normal activities after your exam.
Ultrasound is a versatile imaging tool . Its broad abilities and ease of access make it one of the most used tools by physicians in diagnosing conditions of the internal organs. Ultrasound is used for:
- Abdominal organs (liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach)
- Pelvic organs (kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries)
- Thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Scrotum (testicles)
- Tendons (rotator cuff, achilles)
A special procedure called “Doppler” ultrasound can also evaluate blockages and blood flow (such as clots); and narrowing of blood vessels. Ultrasound-guided biopsies are also performed to take tissue/cell samples from an abnormal area for testing in a laboratory.
We make it a priority to ensure you are at ease during your ultrasound. One of our doctors will position you on the cushioned ultrasound bed and will apply a warm gel to the area being scanned. A small handheld device called a transducer is placed on the skin and moved by the doctor over the area to obtain the necessary images. The process can take from 15 to 45 minutes depending on which body area is being scanned.
Once the scan is complete you are free to leave.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. A mammogram is a type of diagnostic imaging test that uses low-dose X-ray to examine the breast tissue. It is used to aid in the early detection of breast diseases such as growths or micro-calcifications before they can be felt by hand.
Different types of mammograms
A Screening exam is a routine exam done for patients who have no symptoms of breast cancer. It usually involves two X-rays of each breast. The American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association recommend annual mammograms between ages 40 to 69. After age 70 they recommend discussing mammogram frequency with your physician.
A Diagnostic exam is used when someone has specific breast symptoms such as a new pain, lump or unusual changes to the skin or nipple. Patients with these issues should see their doctor immediately, even if they have recently had a screening mammogram or another check-up. A diagnostic mammogram will most likely be done in combination with an ultrasound exam to exclude evidence of cancer. A diagnostic exam can be done at any age.
Osteoporosis is a disease of bone which causes loss of minerals and deterioration of tissue. This can lead to the risk of injury or a fracture particularly in the hip, spine or wrist. This condition often affects women after menopause. However, it may also be found in men and young adults.
A Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is today’s established standard for measuring bone density and diagnosing osteoporosis. To detect osteoporosis accurately, and painlessly, doctors use DXA (dual-energy x-ray absorpirtometry), an enhanced form of x-ray technology. Measurements of the lower spine and hip are most commonly taken. This will evaluate your risk level for osteoporosis.
BONE MINERAL DESTINOMETRY
It is revommended that all individuals age 65 and over should be tested for osteoporosis. If aged 50 or over or have experienced a fragility fracture, you should be assessed for risk factors and BMD testing may be recommended. Younger women and men (under the age of 50) with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss should also be referred for BMD testing. Bone mass can be lost steadily over many years without experiencing any symptoms or signs of the disease until a fracture occurs. Therefore early detection is crucial.
At Medical Supervision, we have a dedicated Bone Mineral Density Analyzer coordinating and overseeing all the BMD exams. This ensures that the best possible scans are obtained by our team of technologists. The scans are analyzed to a constant high standard to achieve the most reliable and accurate results.
We make it a priority to ensure you are at ease during your BMD scan. You may be asked to remove your jewelry. One of our technologists will assist you to the BMD room and help to position you on a table.
A BMD exam should take no longer than 10 minutes. Measurements of the lower spine and one hip are the most common areas scanned during this exam. Once the exam is complete, you are free to leave and resume regular activity.
Prior to booking an appointment, please advise your physician if you have recently had a barium examination, or if you have been injected with a contrast material for a CT scan or radioisotope scan. Women should always inform their physician or the technologist before the exam if there is a possibility they are pregnant.
For people with a severe spinal deformity, previous spinal surgery, and/or replacement of both hips, DXA is less useful. The presence of vertebral compression fractures or osteoarthritis may also interfere with the accuracy of this test