Diagnostic Procedures

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Diagnostic Procedures

  1. 1. Diagnostic Procedures<br />Doris Russell<br />
  2. 2. Cardiac Scan<br />CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.<br />CT imaging combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.<br />CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.<br />
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  4. 4. Echocardiography<br />A painless test that uses sound waves to create images of your heart. It provides your doctor with information about the size and shape of your heart and how well your heart’s chambers and valves are working.<br />The test also can identify areas of heart muscle that aren’t contracting normally due to poor blood flow or injury from previous heart attacks.<br />
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  6. 6. Thrombolytic Therapy<br />A treatment used to break up dangerous clots inside your blood vessels. To perform this treatment, your physician injects clot-dissolving medications into a blood vessel.<br /> In some cases, the medications flow through your bloodstream to the clot.<br /> In other cases, your physician guides a long, thin tube, called a catheter, through your blood vessels to the area of the clot.<br /> Depending on the circumstances, the tip of the catheter may carry special attachments that break up clots. <br />The catheter then delivers medications or mechanically breaks up the clot. <br />
  7. 7. Doppler Ultrasound <br />Shows how well blood flows through the chambers and valves of your heart. Echocardiography can detect possible blood clots inside the heart, fluid buildup in the sac around the heart (pericardium), and problems with the aorta (the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood out of the heart).<br />

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