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Baymeadows Healthcare

Onsite Services

Diagnostic services are ordered to aid our doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in determining the cause of your ailment so we can help you feel better. Diagnostic testing may simply rule out certain diseases or indicate the exact cause of your symptoms. They can help diagnose diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

At our state-of-the-art clinic, Baymeadows Healthcare offers a variety of diagnostic services in one convenient location in Jacksonville, Florida. We understand that your time is valuable, which is why we make every effort to schedule your service on the same day.

To help determine a diagnosis, we offer the following onsite services:

Laboratory Tests

For your convenience, we perform numerous tests at our onsite laboratory, including:

  • Comprehensive blood profile
  • Electrolyte panel
  • Renal panel
  • Liver panel
  • Lipid panel
  • Complete thyroid studies
  • Blood glucose tests including HbA1c
  • Vitamin levels including D, iron, folic acid, B12
  • Arthritis tests including sedimentation rate
  • CBC (complete blood count)
  • Urinalysis
  • Drug testing
  • Influenza A and B
  • HIV screening
  • Pregnancy test
  • Strep test
  • Mono test
  • RSV
  • And many more

Digital X-rays

For the best image quality, we use the latest high-tech digital X-ray equipment. Digital X-rays are superior to traditional film X-rays because they provide larger, clearer, color-enhanced images that result in a more accurate diagnosis.

In addition, the size and shape of the X-ray system allows for faster and easier positioning that can lead to less stress for injured or ill patients. You are also exposed to much less radiation (up to 90% less) than traditional X-rays.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is an imaging procedure that shows how blood flows in the both the veins and arteries. It is used to detect if there are any areas where the veins and arteries are narrow or blocked. Ultrasound can also be used to examine internal organs and the blood vessels that lead to some of these organs. Two of the tests we offer are carotid artery dopplers and abdominal aorta aneurysm screenings, which are used to prevent stroke and monitor plaque build up.

Our clinic offers various types of ultrasounds to diagnose conditions of the heart, veins, and organs. Your provider will usually order an ultrasound if there is something abnormal about your blood work, or to further evaluate a patient’s care.

All of our ultrasounds are non-invasive and require no mandatory preparation, except for abdominal ultrasound. If you are having an abdominal ultrasound, you should not eat or drink anything six to eight hours prior to the having the ultrasound performed.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (ECG) exam is used to assess the circulation of blood and muscle motion within the heart. Ultrasound images of the heart will show the movement of the blood in each heart chamber as it passes through the heart valves. The heart chambers and heart walls are measured for size, while the motion of the heart is checked for heart function.

The test in painless; however, some patients may feel a slight discomfort from pressure as the ultrasound technician moves the wand around the patient’s chest. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes, with no preparation needed.

Stress Test

A cardiac stress test is an electrocardiogram that evaluates how the heart works during exercise. A stress test may also be referred to as an exercise test or treadmill test.

Prior to coming in for a stress test, please observe the following instructions:

  • DO NOT eat or smoke for three hours before your scheduled test time
  • DO NOT drink any caffeinated beverages 24 hours prior to your scheduled test time
  • Bring a list of any medications you are on, along with the dosage (your doctor will advise you whether to take your medications before the test)
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes (do not wear anything restrictive)
  • Wear comfortable footwear with rubber soles, such as sneakers (shoes must be flat and closed-toe)

EKG

The electrocardiogram (EKG) is a painless, non-invasive test that is used to detect underlying heart conditions by measuring the electrical activity of the heart. By positioning leads (electrical sensing devices) on various parts of the body, information about many heart conditions can be learned by looking for characteristic patterns on the EKG. Your physician will interpret your EKG.

Bone Density Scan

Bone density testing is a non-invasive way of measuring bone density, or the strength of the bone. This test is important in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become brittle and increases the risk for broken bones.

Women are more at risk for osteoporosis than are men. Bone density testing is recommended for women over age 60 who are at high risk for osteoporosis, post-menopausal women over age 65, and at-risk men over age 70.

During the test, a type of X-ray called a DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is taken of the spine and hip, and numbers are generated and compared to standard values used in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Your physician then interprets these numbers. Based on the results, your doctor may recommend medication to treat your condition.

Spirometer

A spirometer is a device for detecting respiratory illnesses. This simple in-office test can be used to accurately diagnose and follow respiratory problems such as COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and asthma.

You will blow into a tube connected to a computer that records the amount of air and the rate of air that is breathed in and out over a specified period. Results are immediate and your physician then interprets the test.

ABI

An ankle brachial index (ABI) test is a simple, reliable test for diagnosing peripheral artery disease, also called PAD, in the legs. The test measures the blood pressure in your ankles and compares it to the blood pressure in your arms. If the blood pressure is lower in your legs than in your arms, it may indicate that PAD is restricting blood flow in your legs. The ABI test is fast, painless, and completely non-invasive.

In some cases, the ABI test may be performed after exercise on a treadmill, called an exercise ABI. The exercise ABI can diagnose PAD in women who have PAD symptoms during exercise, but a normal ABI measurement at rest. In the early stages, PAD may only cause symptoms when the leg muscles are working hard and need more blood than usual.

Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a machine that continuously records the rhythm of your heart beat. The monitor is usually worn for 24 – 48 hours during normal activity. Electrodes (small conducting patches) are stuck onto your chest and attached to a small recording monitor. You carry the Holter monitor in a pocket or small pouch worn around your neck or waist. The monitor is battery operated.

It is very important that you accurately record your symptoms and activities so the doctor can match them with your Holter monitor findings. Electrodes must be firmly attached to the chest so the machine gets an accurate recording of the heart’s activity. While wearing the device, avoid electric blankets, high-voltage areas, magnets, and metal detectors. You may continue your normal activities while wearing the monitor. If your symptoms have occurred while you were exercising, you may be asked to exercise while being monitored.

There is no special preparation for the test. Your doctor will start the monitor. You’ll be told how to replace the electrodes should they fall off or become loose. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any tape or other adhesives. Please shower or bathe before you start the test. You will not be able to do so while you are wearing a Holter monitor.

This is a painless test. However, some people may need to have their chest shaved so the electrodes can stick. You must keep the monitor close to your body. This may make it hard for you to sleep.

Diagnostic Tests Under One Roof

Our board-certified doctors at Baymeadows Healthcare are pleased to offer the convenience of these services in our Jacksonville, FL clinic. Please call to schedule an appointment today at (904) 636-5400 or schedule an appointment online.