An x-ray is the most common and widely used method of medical imaging. It is used to detect bone fractures or other abnormalities in the body and is a quick, easy and painless test.
Ultrasound is a form of diagnostic imaging used to examine soft tissues and organs. By exposing a part of the body to high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images, it can be used to examine a wide variety organ, tissue and muscle function.
The exam itself involves a transducer being placed over the area being examined. High frequency sound waves are sent into the body, bounce off structures and are sent back to the transducer. The ultrasound machine creates an image from these sound waves. Because this is done in “real time”, both motion and blood flow can easily be detected.
A mammogram is a non-invasive exam that is a critical tool in the detection and screening of breast cancer. Similar to a standard x-ray, it is uses a small amount of radiation to generate an image of the breast tissue.
Credit Valley Diagnostic Centre is proud to be an active member of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), which successfully screens hundreds of thousands of women a year for early detection of breast cancer. The program seeks to provide the highest quality breast cancer screening while offering quick turnaround time for results, as well as third party oversight. Using the leading technology in the field of mammography, Credit Valley Diagnostic Centre prides itself on offering unparalleled quality healthcare to all members of the community.
BONE MINERAL DENSITY
A bone mineral density – or BMD – exam is a pain free test that measures the density of key areas of the body most commonly associated with bone degradation. This is done for a variety of reasons, among them; to assess the risk of developing Osteoporosis, checking how well your treatment of osteoporosis is working, and to determine the likelihood of developing an osteoporosis related facture.
An Echocardiogram, or ‘echo’, is simply an ultrasound of the heart that shows how strongly a person’s heart muscle is moving. This is a non-invasive procedure that works ostensibly the same way any ultrasound would; by exposing a part of the body to high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images, we are able to see how the blood flows throughout the heart, as well as making note of the structure and efficacy of its valves.