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All blood, urine, biopsy, FNAC tests are done here under the supervision of Dr. Anshita Rai, MD Pathology and head of pathology department.
We try to do all tests in one day and give the report on the same day which helps out Station patients to go home on the same day.
“Ultrasonography” or more widely known as “Medical Ultrasound” is a diagnostic technique which uses high frequency ultrasound waves in order to produce images of internal body structures such as muscles, tendons, vessels and joints. The motive is to find the source of a disease and then take measure s to treat the same.
In order to get the ultrasound image, an equipment called “Transducer” is used which transforms electric current into sound waves that are induced into various tissues of the body. These sound waves are usually absorbed or are bounced back as crystals in the head of the Transducer.
E.g Sound waves easily permeate through areas which are empty or fluid filled such as the bladder, various blood vessels etc. These areas are visibly dark on the screen. Portions that are filled with tissue , somewhat allow penetration and refraction of these sound waves to some extent and thus give grayish white image. Extremely hard structures such as bones give a bright white image since the ultrasound waves completely rebound to the transducer.
A commonly used phenomenon during pregnancy, Ultrasonography allows Doctors to view the image of a women’s womb in order to assess the overall development of the baby, detect abnormalities if any and gender of the baby if required. It can measure the cervix and ovaries as well.
In case an abdomen is to be examined, the patient might be asked not to eat or drink for a number of hours before the test.
Once everything is set, the technician applies a thick gel on the skin over the area that has to examined , in order to ensure effective sound transmission . The Transducer is carefully placed on the skin and gently moved over the area that has to be examined.
Depending on the body part that needs to be evaluated, the technician at times, inserts the transducer into that organ. E.g. in order to get a better image of the uterus and ovaries one needs to insert the device into the vagina or into the anus to get a precise image of the prostate gland.
A boon to the field of Medicine, Ultrasonography has a number of uses. Some of them are listed below:
The super successful and useful Ultrasonography is not devoid of loopholes. To list a few:
Variations of Ultrasonography : Ultrasound details can be displayed in a several possible ways :
The most practiced one is the “ B-Mode” Ultrasonography
It is basically used to evaluate the moving objects, such as the RBC in the blood and can be used to evaluate if the heart is functioning well or not . It can also be used to detect blocked blood vessels, narrowed arteries etc.
Over here , the blood flow information is shown as a graph and can be very helpful in determining as to how much of a blood vessel is blocked.
It combines spectral and b-mode Ultrasonography .
This form is used to assess the risk of stroke as it helps the doctors to identify blockage of arteries in the neck and head.
An ECG, also known as the electrocardiogram, is a test of procedure for measuring the condition of your heart and its electrical activity. Since every beat of your heart begins on the top and travels to the bottom of the heart, the activity can be measured. A patient may, by himself or on the instruction of his doctor may request an ECG test if there are symptoms such as chest pain, breathing trouble, weakness in the body or feeling tired, pounding in the heart, a heart beating unevenly and strange sounds in your heart when the doctor listens to it closely. ECG tests are also recommended if a person has a family history of heart problems and diseases.
An ECG test is painless, quick and harmless. The doctor shall attach around 15 soft electrodes along with a special gel to your legs, chest and arms. These electrodes are attached to the ECG machine with the help of wires.
Stress Tests- This is one type of test offered to measure the condition the hearts condition during a degree of strenuous activity. In a stress test, your body remains connected to the ECG machine while you exercise on a stationary bike or on a treadmill.
Hoster Monitor- This is a small and portable version on an ECG monitor. Such a machine monitor’s your heart’s condition over a period of 2 days.
Event Monitor- It is just like the Hoster Monitor, but gets activated only when there is a sudden electrical activity in your heart. The monitor is semi-automatic. Benefits of an ECG Scan.
Through an ECG scan or test, your doctor shall be able to tell you:
An ECHO test is also known as Echocardiography. The test is completely painless and works on the notion that sound waves can be used to create images of a heart. The test takes around 1 hour at the most. In an ECHO test, a handheld device called Transducer is moved around your chest. This device takes pictures of your heart with the help of sound waves.
An ECHO is taken when your doctor feels that you are showing signs and symptoms of heart problems. It can be used to address an existing problem, to make a diagnosis and to guide an ongoing treatment forward.
The test is useful as it helps your doctor in finding out the shape and size of your heart, the condition of the various chambers of the heart and the several valves. It also detects the flow of blood through and from your heart.