Ultrasound and diagnostic imaging provide doctors with a better view of what's going on inside a patient's body. At VIPcare, we offer a full spectrum of clinical diagnostic and therapeutic medical imaging services.
What Are Ultrasound/Imaging Services?
Ultrasound/imaging services refer to diagnostic tests that use imaging and radiology methods to help providers accurately and precisely care for patients. These services produce high-quality images of inside the body, allowing your provider to gain a clear picture of your internal health, helping them to create a more specific treatment plan tailored to your needs.
What Are Some Common Ultrasound and Imaging Tests?
Abdominal Ultrasound – An abdominal ultrasound makes an image of the organs in the abdomen, including the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, and liver. During this test, you will be lying down, but you might need to change position so our specialist can look at different areas. The test usually takes less than 30 minutes to be performed.
Bone Density Scan – A popular test for older women, a bone density scan is a type of X-ray that measures bone loss. It shows the strength and thickness of your bones by measuring the calcium and other minerals in the bones. Bone density scans are painless and often used to monitor osteoporosis.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan – CT scans are imaging tests that combine high-tech computer systems and X-rays to produce highly-detailed images of inside your body. They are often used to detect muscle and bone disorders as well as to locate tumors, infections, or blood clots.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – MRI scans use magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of internal organs and tissues. For this test, patients are slid into a large tube where the body is scanned. MRIs do not use radiation.
X-ray – Also called radiography, X-rays use beams to produce two-dimensional images of the inside of the body. This type of imaging helps detect bone and joint injuries and screen for heart and lung disease.
What To Expect During Your Imaging Tests?
Ultrasound and imaging services are noninvasive and typically painless. Depending on the type of scan being performed, some contrasting imaging may require a needle via an IV to inject the dye. Test times vary based on the type of scan and whether contrast is needed.
How To Prepare For Your Ultrasound/Imaging Test?
Before your scheduled imaging scan, we will provide you with any specific directions you are to follow. Some tests require you not to eat or drink for several hours leading up to the exam.
Learn More About Ultrasound/Imaging Services at VIPcare
If you need imaging services or have questions, schedule an appointment with a VIPcare provider today. Call 866-333-7897.