New Patients   should be part of the “Before Your Visit” Page

 

Please bring with you a list of your current medications.  Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.  If necessary, bring a copy of Power-of-Attorney to copy for your medical record.

 

Bring your insurance cards and any applicable co-payments.  We accept cash, check, VISA, Mastercard and Discovery Card.

 

Ultrasound

 

Listed below are the ultrasound tests performed at this facility and instructions for preparation of the tests.  If you still have questions, please call our Ultrasound department at (219)879-0333, extension 231.

 

ABDOMEN

If you are scheduled for an ultrasound of the abdomen you must have a fat free diet beginning 12 hours prior to your exam.  You may have nothing to eat or drink (except water with your daily medication) 8 hours prior to your test.  The test includes ultrasound of your liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, billary tree, part of your IVC and part of your aorta.  This exam takes approximately 90 minutes.

 

UPPER ABDOMEN

If you are scheduled for an upper abdomen ultrasound you must have a fat free diet beginning 12 hours prior to your exam.  You may have nothing to ear or drink (except water and medicine) 8 hours prior to your scheduled exam.  This test takes approximately 45 minutes.  This ultrasound includes the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and billary tree.

 

KIDNEY & BLADDER (Urinary)

If you are scheduled for an ultrasound of your kidney with bladder you may not eat or drink (except water with your daily medicine) 8 hours prior to your exam.  You must drink 5-6 glasses of 40 ounce water 45 minutes prior to your exam time.  You will not empty your bladder until after the exam which lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 

PELVIC

If you are scheduled for an ultrasound of the pelvic part of your abdomen you must drink 5-6 glasses (40 ounces) of water 45 minutes prior to your exam.  You will not be able to empty your bladder until after the exam which lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 

OTHER ULTRASOUND TESTING

If you are scheduled for the thyroid or testicles, there is no preparation for this exam which lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Bone Density

If you are scheduled for a Bone Mineral Density/Dexa Test, do not take any calcium containing tablets the day of the test.  Do no take any bone replacement medication the day of the test.  These include Boniva, Evista, Fosomax, and Actonel.

 

We suggest wearing comfortable clothing not containing any metal or buttons.  Do not wear underwire bras.  If the case that you must wear this type of clothing we will have you change into a gown prior to the test.

 

If you have had a previous bond density test, please bring a copy of the report with you at your appointment or sign a release at the front desk to have us obtain that for you.

This test takes approximately 30 minutes.

Echocardiogram on the “Before Your Visit” Page

 

An echocardiogram (or echo) is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart.  The echo is used to evaluate the size of the heart and its chambers as well as its pumping function.  If can also detect valvular abnormalities, the presence of fluid around the heart, or evidence of a clot in the heart.

 

If you are scheduled for an echocardiogram, there is no preparation for this exam.  The test takes approximately one hour. You will be asked to disrobe from the waist up.  Females will be given a gown or cape.  You will then be asked to lie on the exam table and three stickers and wires will be attached to your chest to monitor your heart rhythm during the exam.  The lights will be dimmed and an ultrasound probe with gel will be placed on your chest by a trained sonographer to take the echo pictures.  You may feel a slight pressure from the probe.

 

The sonographer will move the probe to view and take measurements of your heart from different angles.  Also during the test, you may be asked to breathe in and hold your breath or to change positions to help attain the best possible images.

 

Your test findings are sent to a cardiologist for interpretation.  You may get a separate bill from the interpreting cardiologist/physician.  Results are typically available 10 days after your test was done.  Your results will be sent to the ordering physician.  This test takes approximately one hour.

 

CAROTID DOPPLER  on the “Before Your Visit” Page

 

A carotid Doppler is an ultrasound of the carotid arteries in your neck.  This is a test used to check for narrowing or blockage in those arteries.

 

There is no preparation necessary for a carotid Doppler.  The test takes about one hour to perform.

 

During this exam, you will be asked to lie down on an exam table.  You will have a pillow under your head and you will be allowed to bend your knees if that makes you more comfortable.  The lights will be dimmed and you will be asked to turn your head to the left.  A trained technologist will place an ultrasound probe with gel on the right side of your lower neck, near your collar bone to start the interrogation of your right carotid artery.

 

The arteries will be viewed from different planes and measurements will be taken to determine the velocity of blood flow through these arteries.  You may be asked not to talk during parts of the exam because this could cause interference.  The technologist will move the probe up towards your head while taking additional images and measurements.  During parts of the test, you will hear the blood pulsating through your arteries, so you can expect parts of the test to be noisy.  This procedure is then repeated on the left side of your neck.

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