Diagnostic Imaging Services
Bone Mineral Density Test
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.
An echocardiogram is a test performed to assess the heart’s function and structures. The test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. These sound waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures and are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls and valves. This picture is much more detailed than an x-ray image and does not involve radiation exposure.
General Radiography, commonly referred to as x-ray, is a diagnostic tool used to create images of the body’s internal structures. These images are used to detect abnormalities in bones, lungs and other internal organs.
The ultrasound machine produces high-frequency sound waves that reflect off of the internal organs or tissues to make a picture. This test does not use radiation and is traditionally associated with gynecologists and obstetricians providing examinations of pregnancies as there is no danger to the unborn child. In addition to pregnancy examinations, the test also allows the machine to pinpoint the exact location of an organ for treatment or surgery.
For additional information on Diagnostic Imaging rests please visit the following resource: www.radiologyinfo.org
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Hours of Operation
Louise Marshall Hospital 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Palmerston District Hospital 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
What to Bring
To allow your test to go smoothly, please remember to bring:
- Physician requisition with physician signature (without this requisition we cannot perform any diagnostic imaging test)
- OHIP Card