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Imaging Services Explained

X-Rays

Digital X-Rays show the underlying hard structures of the body, are quick, non-invasive and painless. They can
help diagnose various diseases and injuries, including bone fractures, blood clots, some cancers, and
infections like pneumonia. Digital X-Rays use digital sensors instead of traditional photographic film, eliminating
chemical processing and offering time savings plus the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images for a
clearer quality. Patients and staff are exposed to substantially less radiation than traditional film X-Rays, and it is
better for the environment because chemical developing is not required.

Ultrasound

Non-invasive, safe and painless, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce moving images of the
soft tissues of the body onto a screen. It can help diagnose a range of conditions in different parts of the body
such as the abdomen, pelvis, vascular system (DVT), and more.

EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) measures the electrical activity of the heart. These tests are quick, safe, and
painless. Physicians can use them to check heart rhythms, see if there is poor blood flow to the heart muscle
(ischemia), diagnose a heart attack, or check on abnormalities such as thickened heart muscles. Abnormal heart
rates and rhythms may affect the heart’s ability to pump blood and provide the body with oxygen. If a patient
complains of being light-headed, having palpitations, or passing out, an EKG would be a good first test to run.
Bear in mind that initial EKGs may be normal even if heart disease is present, so several EKGs over time may be
needed to find an abnormality.