When it matters most, you want to be sure that the treatment facility you choose has access to the diagnostic and testing equipment you’ll need when you need it. After all, no one wants to have to go multiple places to feel better. That’s why you’ll find the latest technologies and systems to ensure Emergis is your only stop during an emergency.
Rest easy and feel better knowing that at Emergis you have access to the latest technology including:
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. It is a rapid, 5-20 minute painless exam that combines the power of X-rays with computers to produce 360 degree, cross-sectional views of your body. A CT is able to image bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time. It is used to assist the healthcare provider in determining a diagnosis and treatment options.
Here’s what you can expect: During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner, which is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The CT scanner sends X-rays through the body area being studied. Each rotation of the scanner provides a picture of a thin slice of the body part in question. All of the pictures are saved as a group on a computer.
In some cases, a dye called contrast material may be used. It may be put in a vein (IV) in your arm, or it may be placed into other parts of your body to see those areas better. For some types of CT scans, you drink the dye. The dye makes structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures.
A CT scan can be used to study all parts of your body, such as the chest, belly, pelvis, or an arm or leg. It can take pictures of body organs, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord.
X-rays are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique. Even if you may ultimately need a more sophisticated test, you will often receive an X-ray first.
X-rays use radiation to produce images of the body. When the rays pass through the body, dense objects—such as bones—appear white on the film. X-rays are typically used to view and diagnose bone disease, degeneration, fractures, dislocations, infections and tumors.
Though often used to examine skeletal structures, an X-ray can also be used to look at other internal structures, such as organs. In this case, the patient may be given dye to make the organs stand out more clearly in the X-ray image.
Here’s what you can expect: During an X-ray, the part of the body that is being looked at will be placed between an X-ray machine and photographic film. The machine then sends electromagnetic waves (radiation) through the body, reflecting the patient’s internal structures on the exposed film.
An X-ray uses a very small amount of radiation to produce an image of the bones and tissues surrounding a joint.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound to image internal structures by the differing reflection signals produced when a beam of sound waves is projected into the body and bounces back at interfaces between those structures. Ultrasound diagnosis differs from radiological diagnosis in that there is no ionizing radiation involved. This diagnostic service is also called ultrasound diagnosing.
While lab tests play an important role in your medical care, most lab tests won’t provide all the information your doctor needs to make a diagnosis or treatment decisions.
Making sense of your lab test involves more than just knowing why the test is done. It is also important to understand what the results mean and what factors can affect results. Sometimes test results can be affected by when you last ate or exercised, your age, and medicines or herbal supplements you’re taking.
Although lab test results may not provide all of the information that your doctor needs, the tests help him or her make a diagnosis. Understanding your results will help you and your doctor discuss the next step in your diagnosis or treatment.
Emergis ER can provide immediate pharmacy services to patients in need of prescription medication during their care. All of the medication critical to your care is right on hand, so you can get better faster.