An In-Depth Look Into Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Services Within an ER

Ever wondered why you had to endure some serious waiting time, while in an emergency room near you, just so you could get your urinalysis results back. You probably did not understand why your doctor wouldn’t just write you up a prescription, based on the symptoms you described and let you go home finally.

Well, believe it or not, the doctor had your best interest at heart. Laboratory tests, just like radiology tests, play an essential part in determining your treatment plan.

Laboratory and radiology services might seem at times as such a taxing fete to see through during a hospital visit; however, they are diagnostic services, and they both are fundamental in chartering the course of your treatment.

Diagnostic services, such as these, allow our doctors to have a more detailed account of the health issue you are currently facing.

Essentially for you to get a proper diagnosis, our doctors have to look at both your symptoms and diagnostic results. Without your diagnostic tests, you may end up being misdiagnosed and treated for the wrong medical issue.

Why Are Diagnostic Services Essential Within an ER?

Diagnostic laboratory and radiology services are highly regarded within the ER, because of the following reasons:

  • They ensure that you get the right diagnosis. Being misdiagnosed will not just make you incur the necessary costs but may also risk your life altogether.
  • They enable our doctors to identify and isolate contagious cases such as a tuberculosis infection before it spreads within a given area.
  • Diagnostic services enable our doctors to single out medical conditions in patients that could have otherwise been completely unnoticeable.
  • These services help doctors to narrow down on a medical condition, because in some cases, symptoms in various diseases may be too similar to make a proper conclusion.

Diagnostic services make the basis of any good treatment plan.

What Are Some of the Diagnostic Radiology Services?

Diagnostic radiology or imaging basically describes several non-invasive imaging techniques, which are used to give a more in-depth look into your body to help ascertain the main cause of your discomfort or medical condition.

Here are some of the radiology services available at our imaging center near you:

The X-ray

This is one of the most commonly known diagnostic imaging techniques. It ideally uses radiation to generate a type of electromagnetic wave that passes through your body and produces a resulting image.

An x-ray may be used to identify conditions such as:

  • Tumors
  • Pneumonia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiac issues
  • Arthritis especially in joints
  • Bone breakages and fractures
  • Digestive issues
  • Single out any foreign objects if present
  • Obstructed blood vessels

CT Scan

These are among the common radiology services near you. A CT scan can utilize a series of X-rays and a computer to generate a cross-sectional image of the targeted organ.

CT scans can be used on any part of your body, and they are conducted for the following reasons:

  • Detecting cancer
  • Diagnosing cardiac diseases
  • Locating tumors and blood clots
  • To show any internal hemorrhaging.
  • For a biopsy
  • Before radiation therapy
  • Detect masses on the liver
  • Detecting complicated bone fractures and joint issues

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produces images from within your body. It is also commonly referred to as sonography.

It enables a doctor to non-invasively see and detect issues within your blood vessels, organs and tissues.

An ultrasound can be used to:

  • Check on fetal movements and developments.
  • Detecting circulatory issues
  • Guide a biopsy
  • Diagnose issues in muscles, tendons and joints
  • To examine internal organs for defects or abnormalities.

Common Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Laboratory tests enable physicians and doctors to monitor, detect, diagnose and treat medical conditions. These tests are primarily carried out on specimens such as tissues, cells, and body fluids or secretions.

Here are some of the diagnostic laboratory tests available in our facility:

  • CBC
  • Basic metabolic panel
  • Prothrombin time or PT
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone test
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Culturing for infections such as strep throat and pneumonia
  • Urinalysis
  • Liver panels
  • Lipid panels
  • Blood pressure testing

At Express ERs (Main Site), we firmly believe in delivering timely and accurate diagnostic results. Visit us today for any diagnostic services.