DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Ultrasound refers to the reflection of sound waves to construct an image of a body organ.  Your physician will order an ultrasound to obtain important information to ensure a proper diagnosis and the best treatment plan for you.  Ultrasound is painless and the average test takes about 30 minutes.

Our office offers many types of ultrasound diagnostic testing:

1. Echocardiogram (detection of heart disease)
2. Carotid Arteries (neck arteries, detection of plaque to determine risk of stroke)
3. Thyroid (neck, detection of lesions that may contribute towards hormone levels)
4. Arteries and Veins of the legs or arms (detection of plaque or clots)
5. Abdominal Aorta (detection of a aneurysm, also known as the silent killer)
6. Abdominal-Liver,Pancreas,Gallbladder,Kidney,Spleen (detection of masses, stones, enlarged organs, or other abnormalities)
7. Pelvic Transvaginal (detect uterine fibroids, ovarian cyst or other anomalies)

NERVE CONDUCTION DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

A nerve conduction test is used to determine how fast or slow your nerves respond to stimulation.  Some of the most common symptoms of nerve or muscle disease are tingling, fatigue, pain or discomfort in your arms or legs.  A nerve conduction test may show if you have nerve entrapment or a nerve injury.

The results will expose whether or not your nerves are healthy or if there are any underlying diseases such as a neuropathy or carpel tunnel syndrome.   In order to assess the function of a nerve, stickers will be placed on either your arms or legs and the nurse will send a “tingling sensation impulse” to the nerve that may or may not be uncomfortable at times but is usually never described as painful.

Patients wearing electrical devices or that have pacemakers need not to worry since this current will rarely interfere with such devices.  This test generally takes about 30 minutes.

URODYNAMICS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AND PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY

This study evaluates how well your bladder holds urine, it will measure the capacity of your bladder, and also determines the strength of your bladder muscles and your pelvic floor muscles.  These tests may be recommended if you have urinary incontinence (leakage of urine), recurrent bladder infections, slow or weak urinary stream, incomplete bladder emptying, or frequent urination.

A very small catheter (soft, hollow tube) or special sensor will be carefully placed in your urethra to monitor the function of your bladder. The test typically takes about 30 minutes and is not painful. The results of this test will provide important information in order for your physician to accurately diagnose and treat your bladder problems.

For many patients, bladder dysfunction or weak bladder muscles can be resolved by simple pelvic floor therapy and exercises which is also offered at our office in a comfortable setting.

VNG / DIZZINESS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

A VNG test is used to HELP determine the cause of one symptom or multiple symptoms such as dizziness, balance dysfunction/loss of balance, vertigo, or loss of hearing by evaluating your vestibular system.  Assessment of your vestibular system will involve your ears and eyes by performing multiple eye and head movements using eye goggles and a computer screen. 

Your ears will be irrigated with air to also connect data from your vestibular system.  You may or may not experience dizziness but if you do it is only for a few minutes.  This test is simple and NOT painful.  A loved one can be in the room with you while the test if performed.  The findings of this test are very important as it will help your physician determine the best treatment for your symptoms and improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of falling.

Call us at 407-265-1888 if you have any questions about our diagnostic testing services in Longwood FL.