Diagnostic tests have an important role to play in disease management, not just in diagnosing a condition, but also in monitoring and prognosis. The entire treatment plan for a condition depends on the diagnosis of the disease or disorder. An accurate and early diagnosis is the most important step in ensuring a good outcome of treatment.
Medica North Bengal Clinic offers a wide range of advanced diagnostic facilities:
A CT Scan or Computerized Tomography Scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from various angles around the body and uses computer processing to produce cross-sectional images of the soft tissues, blood vessels, and bones inside the body.
CT scan can help diagnose:
- Bone disorders
- Bone tumours
- Muscle disorders
Digital X-ray or Digital Radiography is a form of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors instead of conventional photographic film to detect any abnormality during patient examination.
A digital X-ray can detect:
- Bone fractures
- Tumours and other abnormal masses
- Certain types of injuries
- Foreign objects
- Dental problems
Echocardiography uses sound waves to produce live images of the heart. This allows the doctor to monitor the functioning of the heart and its valves. The images can also detect blood clots in the heart chambers.
Echocardiography may be recommended if a person experiences chest pain or shortness of breath, indicating a heart problem. The test can help detect:
- Damage following a heart attack
- Heart failure
- Congenital heart disease
- An infection of the heart valves (Endocarditis)
- Enlarged heart valves (Cardiomyopathy)
Treadmill Test (TMT)
A TMT (Treadmill Test) is a type of stress test, which is conducted while walking on a treadmill during an ECG (Electrocardiogram). The testing compares blood circulation in the heart when resting and when active.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to take live images inside the body. The test does not use radiation, unlike other imaging techniques. This makes it the most preferred method for monitoring the foetus during pregnancy.
Ultrasound imaging can detect a wide range of conditions by creating images of body parts, including:
- Heart and blood vessels
- Reproductive organs – Testicles, Ovaries
- Muscles, tendon and joints
Colour Doppler and routine examinations of Brain
A Colour Doppler test uses a computer to change sound waves into different colours showing the direction and speed of blood flow in real-time.
The test is done to look for certain conditions that might be blocking or reducing the flow of blood. It can also help detect various heart conditions and is most often used to:
- Check how your heart is functioning
- Check for damages in the blood vessels and defects in the structure of the heart
- Look for constriction in the blood vessels. Narrowing of arteries in the legs and arms may indicate Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) while that in the neck can signal Carotid artery stenosis.
- Look for obstruction in blood flow. Blood clots in the legs may lead to Deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Check for normal blood flow during pregnancy
- Monitor the flow of blood following surgery
Thorax and various 3D examinations with guided FNAC facilities
CT Thorax Scan is used to view the morphological structures of the organs in your thoracic cavity, such as the lungs, heart, pleural cavity, major blood vessels, and other organs in the mediastinum and upper part of the abdominal cavity, for instance, the liver.
The Thorax test is performed to diagnose:
- A tumour
- Lung infections
- Blood/fluid accumulation in the lungs
- Other abnormalities increasing the fluid content in the lungs when injected with contrast media
FNAC (Fine needle aspiration cytology) is a rapid, reliable diagnostic procedure used to investigate masses or lumps beneath the skin. Most common sites examined include the liver, lungs, kidney, pancreas, prostate, breasts, thyroid, salivary glands, and lymph nodes.
Diagnostic services facilitate the provision of superior, cost-effective, and timely diagnostic care in a safe environment.