Whitestone Medical Center

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Many of the services offered, and more to come!

Dexa Bone Denisty Scans

A bone density scan can detect thinning bones at an early stage. If you already have osteoporosis, bone scans can also tell you how fast the disease is progressing. In a DEXA scan, a person lies on a table while a technician aims a scanner mounted on a long arm.  "DEXA currently is the easiest, most standardized form of bone density testing

Electorcardiography (ECG)

An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple, painless test that records the heart's electrical activity. To understand this test, it helps to understand how the heart works. With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As it travels, the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. The heart's electrical signals set the rhythm of the heartbeat.  An EKG shows:

                  • How fast your heart is beating. 
                  • Whether the rhythm of your heartbeat is steady or irregular. 
                  • The strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through each part of your heart

Echocardiography

An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen. This test is done to look for the cause of:

                      • Abnormal heart sounds (murmurs or clicks)
                      • An enlarged heart, unexplained chest pains, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats.
                      • Check the thickness and movement of the heart wall. 
                      • Look at the heart valves and check how well they work. 
                      • See how well an artificial heart valve is working. 
                      • Measure the size and shape of the heart's chambers. 
                      • Check the ability of your heart chambers to pump blood (cardiac performance). 
                      • To calculate how much blood your heart is pumping during each heartbeat (ejection fraction).
                      • Detect a disease that affects the heart muscle and the way it pumps, such as cardiomyopathies 
                      • Look for blood clots and tumors inside the heart.

Exercise Cardiac Stress Test

Stress testing provides information about how your heart works during physical stress. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast.  During stress testing, you exercise (walk or run on a treadmill) to make your heart work hard and beat fast. Tests are done on your heart while you exercise.  Doctors usually use stress testing to help diagnose coronary heart disease (CHD). They also use stress testing to find out the severity of CHD.CHD is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up in the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart.Plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle. The buildup of plaque also makes it more likely that blood clots will form in your arteries. Blood clots can mostly or completely block blood flow through an artery. This can lead to chest pain called angina or a heart attack. You may not have any signs or symptoms of CHD when your heart is at rest. But when your heart has to work harder during exercise, it needs more blood and oxygen. Narrow arteries can't supply enough blood for your heart to work well. As a result, signs and symptoms of CHD may occur only during exercise.


Vascular Studies

A vascular study is an ultrasound of an area of the body designed to specifically capture images of the main arteries in that area. They are performed to help physicians identify blockages to blood flow (clots), narrowing of the vessels (stenosis), and enlargement of arteries (aneurysm). Types of vascular studies include: carotid duplex, ankle-brachial index, lower extremity arterial duplex scan, upper extremity arterial duplex scan, renal arterial duplex scan and abdominal aortic ultrasound.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. Spirometry measures airflow. By measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases (COPD, Asthma, etc.).  In a spirometry test, while you are sitting, you breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer then calculates the force of your breathing and compares the results to a calculated "normal" based on age, weight, and sex.  In some instances, a bronchodilator (albuterol) is administered to check for reversability of airway diseases.  After administration, a second spirometery is conducted and the two results are compared (pre vs post bronchodilator).  

EMG and Nerve Conduction Testing

Electromyography, or EMG, involves testing the electrical activity of muscles. Often, EMG testing is performed with another test that measures the conducting function of nerves. This is called a nerve conduction test. Because both tests are often performed at the same office visit and by the same personnel, the risks and procedures generally apply to both tests. Muscular movement involves the action of muscles and nerves and needs an electrical current. This electrical current is much weaker than the one in your household wiring.  In some medical conditions the electrical activity of the muscles or nerves is not normal. Finding and describing these electrical properties in the muscle or nervemay help your doctor diagnose your condition.  EMG may aid with the diagnosis of nerve compression or injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), nerve root injury (such as sciatica), and with other problems of the muscles or nerves.