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      Bone Density

      What is DEXA?

      xrayDEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) examinations estimate the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of your body. DEXA utilizes two types of X-Rays that allow the Radiologist to make an estimation of bone density by showing the difference between bone and soft tissue.
      While DEXA uses x-rays, the radiation dose is less than during a chest x-ray. It is a painless exam that requires no injections, invasive procedures, sedation, special diet or any other advance preparation.

      DEXA and Osteoporosis

      Nearly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis; a bone disease that greatly increases the risk of bone fracture. Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

      • 65 years of age or older
      • History of broken bones since turning age 50
      • A family history of osteoporosis
      • Infrequent exercise and poor nutrition
      • Being underweight for your height
      • Other medical/health conditions and/or certain medications that increase the risk of bone loss

      DEXA is a critical screening technique in both the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as for other conditions that cause bone loss. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for osteoporosis and the importance of DEXA screening.

      What to Expect

      A DEXA exam usually consists of a spine and a single hip scan. It will take about 20 minutes to perform the exam. Our technician will ask you to lie very still on the scan table and breathe normally as the scanner passes over the areas being evaluated. After the exam is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.

      Exam Preparation

      • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with all applicable insurance cards/information.
      • Do not wear metal.
      • Avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 2 hours prior to your appointment.
      • Bring any materials given to you by your Referring Physician for your appointment (comparison films, requisition forms, etc).
      • All consent and privacy forms will need to be signed prior to the exam and medical history will be reviewed.
      • Payment is expected at the time of your exam.
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      Ultrasound

      What is Ultrasound?

      Ultrasound, or sonography, is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs. It is commonly used to evaluate the size, structure and any pathological lesions of the abdominal and pelvic organs, breast, thyroid glands and heart, as well as the blood flow in arteries and veins.

      Ultrasound is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning "echoes" as images. It has been used by radiologists and sonographers for the past 50 years, becoming one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.

      There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

      What to Expect

      Depending on the type of study, an ultrasound typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Our sonographer will help position you on a comfortable exam table and a clear gel, used as a conductor, will be applied to your skin. A hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound waves called a transducer is moved back and forth over the area of your body being imaged.

      These images are captured on a television-like monitor and transferred to film for our radiologist to review and interpret for your physician. After the exam is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.

      Exam Preparation:

      • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with all applicable insurance cards/information.
      • Wear comfortable clothing. Most exams require a two-piece garment.
      • Avoid wearing jewelry, perfumes or powders.
      • Bring any materials given to you by your Referring Physician for your appointment (comparison films, requisition forms, etc).
      • All consent and privacy forms will need to be signed prior to the exam and medical history will be reviewed.
      • Payment is expected at the time of your exam.

      Carotid Doppler

      • No dietary restrictions
      • Allow approximately 45-60 minutes for the procedure

      Echocardiogram

      • No dietary restrictions
      • Allow approximately 30-60 minutes for procedure

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