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Services & Preparations

X-ray

X-rays are a non-invasive and pain free method of diagnostic imaging that are used to clearly view internal structures of the body. X-rays are commonly used to detect bone fractures, pneumonia and kidney stones.

There is no physical preparation for a general x-ray test however you should avoid wearing jewellery or clothing with metallic items including clips, snaps, buttons and zippers.

You may be asked to remove articles of clothing and put on a paper gown. During the x-ray you will be asked to remain completely still while the test is being performed. The test itself is quick and usually only lasts for only a few seconds, to a few minutes depending on the number of images required.

Once the x-ray is complete you may be asked to remain at the facility in case more images are required.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is non-invasive and pain free. This test exposes a specific part of the body to high frequency sound waves that produce real time images. Ultrasounds are most commonly associated with pregnancy but are also useful in examining sport injuries and various cancers. Be sure to consult your physician or the clinic to get specific instructions for your particular test well in advance so you can properly prepare.

There are a wide varieties of ultrasound tests with different ways to prepare. Some require you to drink a large amount of water prior to the test. For others you must not eat or drink for a certain number of hours before the test. Some require no preparation at all.

An ultrasound may require you to remove articles of clothing and you may be asked to put on a paper gown. A technician would place a lubricating gel onto the area being examined using a device called a transducer to make contact with your skin. For some ultrasound tests the transducer is attached to a probe and inserted into a natural opening in the body.

Once the test is complete the gel is easily wiped away and you will be able to return to your regular activities. At CMA healthcare we strive to deliver the highest quality medical diagnostic results in the most professional and efficient manner.

All imaging equipment is digital and falls into Ministry of Health and long term care standards.

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Mammogram

A mammogram is a non-invasive x-ray procedure that plays an essential role in the early detection and screening of breast cancer.

On the day of your test avoid wearing lotion or deodorant on the skin especially around the breast area.

To ensure the best quality image you may be asked to clean any foreign material you’re skin before the examination. If you’re experiencing breast tenderness due to menstruation you may wish to reschedule. It is also very important to tell your physician and technologist if you have breast implants.

Prior to the mammogram you may be asked to remove all jewellery and metal objects. You will also be asked to remove clothing above the waist and wear a paper gown. The images are taken in an upright position with one breast at a time being placed between two x-ray plates. The plates are gradually positioned to compress breast tissue which ensures the best quality image. Once in place two images are taken of each breast one from top to bottom and the other from side to side.

Once the test is complete your breasts may be tender temporarily however you will be able to return to your normal activities.

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Bone Density Scan

A bone density scan is both non-invasive and pain free. This test determines the strength of your bones by measuring the grams of calcium and other bone minerals. This test will report the likelihood of developing osteoporosis, a disease of fragile and weak bone and occasionally even find osteoporosis related fractures that have already occurred.

A bone density scan requires minimal preparation. Avoid wearing jewellery or metallic objects on your body on the day of the test including and clothing with metal clips, snaps, buttons and zippers.

During the bone density scan you may be asked to wear a paper gown. An x-ray machine will scan those areas where bone degradation is most commonly found including the back and hips with minimal physical contact.

Once the test is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.

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